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The Varieties of Religious RepressionWhy Governments Restrict Religion$
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Ani Sarkissian

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348084

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348084.001.0001

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Varieties of Religious Repression

Varieties of Religious Repression

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The Varieties of Religious Repression

Ani Sarkissian

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the types of religious repression that exist across the range of nondemocratic regimes and identifies their targets. First, it presents an overview of 13 types of restrictions that states impose on religious expression, association, and group practice. Second, it presents empirical evidence for the central theory of the book, which explains the variation in religious repression in nondemocratic countries according to the interaction of levels of political competition and the structure of religious divisions in society. In the course of the discussion, it explains why focusing on the number of religious groups that states target for repression helps to inform and advance the study of authoritarianism.

Keywords:   religious repression, regime type, religious expression, religious association, authoritarianism, religious divisions

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