1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Law and Religion

Edited By Silvio Ferrari Copyright 2015
    436 Pages
    by Routledge

    436 Pages
    by Routledge

    The field of law and religion studies has undergone a profound transformation over the last thirty years, looking beyond traditional relationships between State and religious communities to include rights of religious liberty and the role of religion in the public space.

    This handbook features new, specially commissioned papers by a range of eminent scholars that offer a comprehensive overview of the field of law and religion. The book takes on an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from anthropology, sociology, theology and political science in order to explore how laws and court decisions concerning religion contribute to the shape of the public space.

    Key themes within the book include:

    1. Religions symbols in the public space;
    2. Religion and security;
    3. Freedom of religion and cultural rights;
    4. Defamation and hate speech;
    5. Gender, religion and law;

    This advanced level reference work is essential reading for students, researchers and scholars of law and religion, as well as policy makers in the field.

    Introduction: The challenge of law and religion, Silvio Ferrari, Part 1: Interdisciplinary perspectives on law and religion 1. Law and religion in the Biblical canon, Michael Welker  2. Law and religion in the Western legal tradition, John Witte 3. Anthropological perspectives on law and religion, Martin Ramstedt 4. Sociology at the intersection between law and religion, Effie Fokas 5. The contribution of law to interdisciplinary conversations on law and religion, Peter W. Edge Part 2: Freedom of religion or belief as a human right: critical reflections 6. The impact of definitional issues on the right of freedom of religion and belief, Arif A. Jamal 7.International law and freedom of religion and belief: Origins, presupposition and structure of the protection framework, Pamela Slotte  8. Legal responses to religious diversity (or to cultural diversity?), Prakash Shah  9. Religious freedom as equality, Frederick Mark Gedicks  10. Religion and human rights: Deconstructing and navigating tensions, Eva Brems and Lourdes Peroni  11. Human rights within religions, Marco Ventura  12.  Reframing the state in eradicating discrimination: Freedom of religion or belief and non-discrimination, Nazila Ghanea  13. Conscientious Objection, Javier Martínez Torrón  14. Constitutional models and the protection of religious freedom, John T.S. Madeley  Part 3: Law, religin, state and society  15. Secular politico-legal regimes in religiously homogenous and diverse societies, Rajeev Bhargava 16. A religious revival in family law, Jane Mair 17. Law, religion and the school, Myriam Hunter-Henin  18. Law, religion and the workplace, Lucy Vickers  19. Law, religion and economics, Niels Kærgård  20. Religious bioethics and biolaw, Christian Byk  Part 4. Controversial issues 21. Law, religion and gender, Ayelet Schachar 22. Law, Religion and Security, Nadirsyah Hosen  23.Curbs and turbans: Challenging (tur)bans, Hana M.A.E. van Ooijen  24. Limitations on religious freedom in Islam: Rethinking through the Maqasid?, Abdullah Saeed  25. Blasphemy, defamation of religion, religious hate speech, Jeroen Temperman  26. Proselytism, Tad Stahnke


    Silvio Ferrari is Professor of Canon Law at the University of Milan and Professor of Church-State Relations at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Professor Ferrari is Life Honorary President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies and is an Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.