Religion and Law: An Introduction

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Law - 160 pages
Discussion of the way in which law engages with religious difference often takes place within the context of a single jurisdiction. Religion and Law: An Introduction, presents a comprehensive text for students, drawing on examples from across key Anglophone jurisdictions - the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, as well as international law, to explore a broad range of issues. Aimed at a non-legal readership, this book introduces the use of legal sources and focuses on factual situations as much as legal doctrine. Key issues arising from interaction of the religious individual and the State are discussed, as well as the religious organisation or community and the State. The interaction is explored through case studies of areas as diverse as the legal regulation of religious drug use, sacred spaces and sacred places, and claims of clergy misconduct.
 

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Contents

What is Religion?
27
Approaching the Literature
34
Religious Interests in International Law
44
Religious Interests in Generally Applicable Domestic Guarantees
64
The State and the Individual
79
Improper Proselytism
90
Clergy Issues
111
Sacred Places
122
Conclusions
133
Introductions to Particular Jurisdictions
136
Index
155
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Peter W. Edge is Reader in Law and Religion at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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