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Freedom of Religion, Secularism, and Human Rights

Edited by Nehal Bhuta

Oxford University Press, 2019

This interdisciplinary volume examines the relationship between secularism, freedom of religion and human rights in legal, theoretical, historical and political perspective. It brings together chapters from leading scholars of human rights, law and religion, political theory, religious studies and history, and provides insights into the state of the debate about the relationship between these concepts. Comparative in orientation, its chapters draw on constitutional and political discourses and experience not only from Western Europe and the United States, but also from India, the Arab world, and Malaysia.

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Table of Contents


1: What Should Freedom of Religion Become?, Nehal Bhuta
2: Reimagining Secularism: Respect, Domination and Principled Distance, Rajeev Bhargava
3: Citizenship, Religious Rights, and State Identity in Arab Constitutions: Who is Free and What Are They Free to Do?, Nathan J. Brown
4: Communal Religious Rights or Majoritarian Oppression: Conversion and Proselytism Laws in Malaysia and India, Carolyn Evans and Timnah Rachel Baker
5: Too Much Secularism? Religious Freedom in European History and the European Court of Human Rights, Samuel Moyn
6: US Exceptionalism in the Regulation of Religion, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
7: Rethinking Secularism in Europe, Lorenzo Zucca

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