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Religion in the Public Space

Volume III

Edited by Rinaldo Cristofori, Silvio Ferrari

© 2013 – Routledge

560 pages

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About the Book

Religion in the public sphere is one of the most debated issues in the field of law and religion. This volume brings together articles which address some of the more prominent recent cases relating to religion and education, religion and the workplace, family law and religious symbols. The essays discuss the meaning of secularism today and the difficult issue of religion in the public sphere and reflect a wide variety of viewpoints. This volume maps the key elements of this multi-faceted problem, offers essential material and provides an important starting point for an understanding of the issues in this century old debate.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Silvio Ferrari; Part I Secularism, Pluralism and Multiple Modernities: Religion in the public sphere, Jürgen Habermas; The meaning of secularism, Charles Taylor; The transformations of the religious dimension and the crystallization of new civilizational visions and relations, S.N. Eisenstadt; Secular constitutionalism vindicated, Frances Raday; Religious liberty and French secularism, Jacques Robert; The distinctiveness of Indian secularism, Rajeev Bhargava. Part II Law, Religion and Education: Religion and education, Jeroen Temperman; The religious, moral and spiritual dimensions of education: national, regional and international constitutional and legal frameworks, Peter Schreiner; Different models for religion and education in Europe, Jean-Paul Willaime; Religion education and the transformational state in South Africa, David Chidester; Religious education in Israel, Asher Maoz. Part III Law, Religion and the Workplace: Protecting religion at work, Lucy Vickers; Class wars? Religion and (in)equality in the workplace, Aileen McColgan; God at work: religion in the workplace and the limits of pluralism in Canada, Lorne Sossin. Part IV Religion and Family Law: State, law and family, Mary Ann Glendon; The place of religion in family law: a comparative search, Jane Mair; The overlooked costs of religious deference, Robin Fretwell Wilson. Part V Religious Symbols in the Public Space: Ancient and modern boundary crossing between personal laws and civil law in composite India, Werner Menski. Unveiling the limits of tolerance: comparing the treatment of majority and minority religious symbols in the public sphere, Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld; Crosses and culture: state-sponsored religious displays in the US and Europe, Mark L. Movsesian; Name index.

About the Editors

Silvio Ferrari is Professor of Law and Religion, University of Milan and Honorary President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, Italy. Rinaldo Cristofori currently holds a Post Doc position at the University of Milan, Italy and is working on his monograph at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, USA.

About the Series

The Library of Essays on Law and Religion

The Library of Essays on Law and Religion

This series brings together the most influential and important articles in the field of law and religion from recent decades. The selection provides an insight into the many nuances and particularities of the field and reflects the wide range of issues and views of this growing discipline.

The themes addressed by this series include minorities, geographical particularities, public and private sphere, secularism, apostasy, blasphemy, education and many others. The subjects are presented with different angles and viewpoints to give the readers different solutions to similar issues and offer new perspectives and material on law and religion. In addition, each of the four volumes in the series is thematically arranged to give the reader a clear idea of the different topics within the discipline and an easier access to the subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW075000
LAW / Public