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Law and Religious Diversity in Education

The Right to Difference, 1st Edition

By Kyriaki Topidi


260 pages

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Religion is a prominent legal force despite the premise constructed and promoted by Western constitutionalism that it must be separated from the State in democracies. Education constitutes an area of human life that leaves ample scope for the expression of religious identity and shapes the citizens of the future. It is also the place of origin of a considerable number of normative conflicts involving religious identity that arise today in multicultural settings.

The book deals with the interplay of law and religion in education through the versatility of religious law and legal pluralism, as well as religion’s possible adaptation and reconciliation with modernity, in order to consider and reflect on normative conflicts. It adopts the angle of the constitutional dimension of religion narrated in a comparative perspective and critically reflects on regulatory attempts by the State and the international community to promote new ways of living together.

Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Method: Legal Pluralism And Comparative Constitutional Law: Complementary Methodology In The Protection Of Religious Difference

Chapter II: The Concepts: Religious Diversity Within Multicultural Classrooms: Religious Freedom, Education And Equality;

Chapter III: The Standards: Interpreting The Legal Interaction Of Religious Freedom, Education And Non-Discrimination In International Law;

Chapter IV: Plural Public Education In Israel: For Equal Or Different Learners?;

Chapter V: Avoiding Religion? The Question Of Religious Identity Conflicts In South African Public Education;

Chapter VI: From Tradition To Modernity And Back: Religious Diversity In English Schools As A Test-Case For Multicultural Societies;

Chapter VII: Negotiating Religious Identity In Public Classrooms;

Chapter VIII: Legal Empowerment Through Religious Diversity In Schools;

About the Author

Kyriaki Topidi is a Senior Research Associate and Head of Cluster on Culture and Diversity at the European Centre for Minority Issues (Germany). Her research focuses on diversity management, religion, education and comparative law. She is the author and editor of a number of volumes, including EU Law, Minorities and Enlargement (Intersentia, 2010), Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe: Expansion and Integration in the EU (Ashgate, 2011), Transnational Legal Process and Human Rights (Ashgate, 2013) and Religion as Empowerment: Global Legal Perspectives (Routledge, 2016). She has also recently edited a collection on Normative Pluralism and Human Rights published by Routledge in 2018.

About the Series

ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

The ICLARS Series on Law and Religion is designed to provide a forum for the rapidly expanding field of research in law and religion. The series is published in association with the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, an international network of scholars and experts of law and religion founded in 2007 with the aim of providing a place where information, data and opinions can easily be exchanged among members and made available to the broader scientific community ( The series aims to become a primary source for students and scholars while presenting authors with a valuable means to reach a wide and growing readership.

The series editors are currently welcoming proposals for this new series on any matter falling under ‘law and religion’ widely defined. Collections arising from important conferences and events are welcome as well as monographs by both established names and new voices (including monographs based on doctoral dissertations). Also of interest are interdisciplinary works and studies of particular jurisdictions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Comparative
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Public
LAW / Educational Law & Legislation
LAW / Discrimination
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion