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ISBN 9781138301290
November 14, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Freedom of religion is an issue of universal interest and scope. However, in the last two centuries at least, the philosophical, religious and legal terms of the question have been largely defined in the West. In an increasingly global world, widening our knowledge of this right’s roots in different cultural and legal systems becomes a priority. This Handbook seeks to attain this goal through a better understanding of the historical roots and expressions of the right to freedom of religion on the one hand and, on the other, of its theological background in different religious traditions. History and theology provide the setting for the analysis of the politics of freedom of religion, that is, how this right is used in the context of the dialogue/confrontation between countries placed in different cultural regions of the world, and of the legal strategies and tools that have been developed and are employed to protect and foster the right to freedom of religion. Behind these legal and political strategies there is an ongoing debate about the nature of this right, whose main features are explored in the final section.

Global, historical and interdisciplinary in approach, this book studies the new relevance of freedom of religion worldwide and develops suitable categories to analyze and understand the role that freedom of religion can play in managing religious and cultural diversity in our societies. Authored by experts, through the contributions collected in these chapters, scholars and students will be able to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the right to freedom of religion and to develop the ability to go beyond the borders of the different cultural environments in which this right took shape and developed.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Locating the right to freedom of religion or belief across time and territory
Mark Hill QC

Part I History of the right to freedom of religion or belief

  1. The right to freedom of religion: an historical perspective from the West
    John Witte, Jr.

  2. The right to freedom of religion: an historical perspective from Asia
    Kevin YL Tan

  3. The right to freedom of religion: an historical perspective from Africa
    Ahmed Salisu Garba

  4. The right to freedom of belief: an historical perspective on secular humanism
    Caroline Sägesser

    Part II The right of religious freedom from the religions’ perspective

  5. Buddhist Perspectives on Freedom of Religion and Belief
    Benjamin Schonthal

  6. Religious freedom: Christian perspectives
    Norman Doe

  7. Hindu perspectives on the right to religious freedom
    Laura Dudley Jenkins and Kristina M. Teater

  8. The right of religious freedom in contemporary Islamic thought
    Wael Saleh and Patrice Brodeur

  9. Jewish perspectives
    Matthew LaGrone

  10. Building an inter-religious notion of the right to freedom of religion: Dangers, opportunities and goals
    Arvind Sharma

    Part III Geopolitics of the right to freedom of religion

  11. Geopolitics of the right to freedom of religion. Western perspectives
    Gerhard Robbers

  12. Freedom of religion: Asian perspectives
    Jaclyn L. Neo and Arif A. Jamal

  13. The right to freedom of religion and belief: African perspectives
    Idowu A. Akinloye

    Part IV Mapping the right to freedom of religion

  14. Freedom of religion: constitutional patterns of protection
    Johan D. van der Vyver

  15. The right to religious freedom in international human rights law: a brief overview and exploration of its positive dimension
    Laurens Lavrysen and Eva Brems

  16. The right to freedom of and from religion for and among indigenous peoples
    Martin Ramstedt

    Part V The dynamics of the right to freedom of religion

  17. The orgaic unity of human rights and the place of freedom of religion or belief: challenge and response
    David Little

  18. The dialectics of the right to freedom of religion or belief
    Peter G. Danchin

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Biography

Silvio Ferrari is a Professor of Law at the University of Milan, Italy.

Mark Hill QC is Associate Professor at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University; University of Pretoria; Notre Dame University Law School, Sydney; and King’s College, London

Arif A. Jamal is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

Rossella Bottoni is Associate Professor of Law and Religion at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento, Italy.