Regulating Religion: State Governance of Religious Institutions in South Africa, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Regulating Religion

State Governance of Religious Institutions in South Africa, 1st Edition

By Helena Van Coller


234 pages

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This book focuses on government regulation of religious institutions in South Africa. PART 1 explains the meaning of government regulation for religious communities by providing a brief overview of the relationship between church and state, the right to freedom of religion and the legal status of religious organisations. With reference to case examples, this section highlights the importance of religious autonomy and the right to self-determination of religious institutions and non-interference by the state in the internal affairs of the organisation. No fundamental rights are however absolute and the section concludes with a discussion on the limitation of rights and an overview of the relevant constitutional provisions and anti-discrimination laws in place relevant to religious organisations, in the context of equality and non-discrimination. PART 2 discusses in more detail the daily rights, responsibilities and freedoms associated with the right to freedom of religion within some specific spheres of society where regulation of religion has occurred or are necessary or has proved to be problematic. It includes those related to the role of religion in society; the relations between religion and state institutions; education; finance; family matters; employment law; planning law; broadcast media and general governance issues.

Table of Contents

PART 1; Chapter 1 Introduction and Background; Chapter 2 Nature and Legal Status of Religious Institutions; Chapter 3 Collective Religious Rights and Religious Autonomy; Chapter 4 Conflict of Rights; PART ; Chapter 5 Right to Worship in community with Others; Chapter 6 Religion in Education; Chapter 8 Celebration of Marriag; Chapter 9 Financial Regulation; Chapter 10 Religious Leaders; Chapter 11 Other Religious Exemptions; Chapter 12 Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Helena van Coller is Associate Professor of Law, Rhodes University, South Africa.

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:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Discrimination
LAW / Government / General
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State