The central focus of this collection of essays is the role and place of freedom of religion in the protection and promotion of world order. The volume offers competing models of world order from a global perspective and highlights the lack of consensus and considerable variety of practice and belief around the globe as to the definition of religious freedom and where and whether freedom of religion is regarded as the first freedom in the world. The leading theories of freedom of religion are discussed and provide an understanding of freedom of religion beyond the nation state. The liberal view at the global level is also examined and observations are included regarding the need to rethink secularism in the light of present circumstances and within the global context.
Contents: Introduction. Part I Theories of Freedom of Religion: Local or Global?: Does it matter what religion is?, Christopher L. Eisgruber and Lawrence G. Sager; Equal liberty, nonestablishment, and religious freedom, Cécile Laborde; Freedom of conscience as religious and moral freedom, Michael J. Perry; A new global paradigm for religious freedom, Rafael Domingo; Religious freedom, American-style, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. Part II Freedom of Religion around the Globe: Freedom of Religion in Asia: Hegemony, imperialism, and the construction of religion in East and Southeast Asia, Thomas David Dubois; Religious renaissance in China today, Richard Madsen; Secularization theories and the study of Chinese religions, Michael Szonyi; ‘Smash temples, build schools’: comparing secularism in India and China, Peter van der Veer; State and religious diversity: can something be learnt from the Indian model of secularism?, Rajeev Bhargava; A leap of faith: the construction of Hindu majoritarianism through secular law, Ratna Kapur. Freedom of Religion in Islam/Middle East: Religious freedom in Islam: a global landscape, Daniel Philpott; Judging in God’s name: state power, secularism and the politics of Islamic law in Malaysia, Tamir Moustafa; Juristocracy vs. theocracy: constitutional courts and the containment of sacred law, Ran Hirschl; Immunity or regulation? Antinomies of religious freedom, Saba Mahmood and Peter G. Danchin. Freedom of Religion in Europe: From Communist to Muslim: European human rights, the Cold War and religious liberty, Samuel Moyn; Eurasian integration and the clash of values, Alexander Lukin; Chaos in Ukraine: the churches and the search for leadership, Nicholas E. Denysenko. Part III Case Studies: Peace at daggers drawn? Boko Haram and the state of emergency in Nigeria, Daniel E. Agbiboa; From social hostility to social media: religious pluralism, human rights and democratic reform in Africa, M. Christian Green; Global tangles: laws, headcoverings and religious identity, Seval Yildirim; Case studies: Japan, Brazil and Nigeria, Brian J. Grim. Part IV Global Secularism: is a Fundamental Re-Definition of Secularism Necessary?: How to define secularism, Charles Taylor; Secularism: its content and context, Akeel Bilgrami. Name index.