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Religious Freedom in the Liberal State
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Religious Freedom in the Liberal State

Rex Ahdar and Ian Leigh

Abstract

There is a growing recognition of the challenge that religions pose for pluralist, multicultural democracies. ‘Fundamentalist’ beliefs and practices test the limits of religious freedom, and seem to contradict the very basis on which liberal states protect religious liberty. Religions, moreover, are often associated with intolerance and persecution, yet insist upon religious liberty for themselves. This book inverts these stereotypes by presenting a sustained critique of how religious liberty ought to be understood in liberal legal systems and develops an alternative, Christian response. The p ... More

Keywords: religious freedom, liberal state, organised religion, pluralist democracies, multicultural democracies, fundamentalist beliefs, religious liberty, intolerance, persecution, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253623.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rex Ahdar, author
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Ian Leigh, author
Professor of Law, University of Durham
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