The Law of Religious Identity: Models for Post-Communism

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András Sajó, Shlomo Avineri, Lorri Rutt Bentch
Kluwer Law International, 1999 - Law - 214 pages
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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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Contents

The limits of religious neutrality
17
A pluralist critique of the constitutional treatment
39
a liberal view
67
The problem of the Islamic veil and the principle
89
Partial establishments of religion in postcommunist
103
yesterday
153
The relationship between State and Church
175
New religions and religious freedom in eastern
195
List of contributors
213
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Moses Hess was both a colleague and protagonist of Karl Marx in the early communist movement, and one of the forerunners of Zionism: he died in Paris in 1875.

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