The Law of Religious Identity: Models for Post-Communism
András Sajó, Shlomo Avineri, Lorri Rutt Bentch
Kluwer Law International, 1999 - Law - 214 pages
The study of democratization and constitutional development in post-communist societies raises issues which go beyond specific institutional arrangements initiated in post-communist societies to probe some of the fundamental themes in religion and politics.
The Law of Religious Identity: Models for Post-Communism comprises conference-generated papers spanning a wide area of discourse, from theoretical treatises about the role of religion in the public sphere to monographical studies of specific problems of church and state relations in Central and Eastern Europe.
The essays in this volume address the need to clarify the assumptions and consequences of the once unassailable belief in traditional liberal political thought, the notion of `state neutrality'. Three key issues form a thread through the work: the relationship of religion to the public space, the meaning of religion in the construction of a modern, liberal concept of citizenship, and the intertwining of religion and nationalism.
This book treats these themes via a variety of highly diverse approaches, all of which are scholarly, multi-layered, and extremely provocative. Scholars in a broad range of fields--religious studies, history, philosophy, and others--will appreciate the high quality of this work and its ability to inspire thought, conversation, and writing on several highly controversial issues.
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according activities Anti-Cult Movements Article beliefs Catholic Church Christian church tax church-state regime church-state relations communist comprehensive pluralism conceptions concerning conflict Conseil d'Etat Constitutional Court constitutionalism context Council countries decision democratic denominations deprivatization emerging equal established Establishment Clause ethnic Europe European example faith financing first-order Freedom of Conscience freedom of religion historical Human Rights Hungarian Hungary ideology individual institutions inter-communal investiture controversy Islamic issue Kymlicka laicite legislation liberal democracy major Models for Post-Communism multiculturalism Muslim national identity neutrality norms perspective pluralist Poland political position Post-Communism post-communist principles problems prohibition protection public sphere question region relationship religious associations religious communities religious freedom religious groups religious identity religious organizations role Russian Orthodox Church schools secular separation between church separation of church significant social society Soviet Statute supra note 14 tion tolerance traditional churches transitional treatment of religion values veil