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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs$
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Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827978

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.001.0001

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Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights

Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights

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(p.104) 7 } Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights
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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs
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John Witte

M. Christian Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.003.0008

This chapter addresses questions concerning religious freedom, democracy, and human rights in international law. It discusses three particularly controversial issues that have become the focus of international attention and international law: proselytism (or evangelization in Christian terms); conversion (especially when conceived as apostasy); and blasphemy (recent reconceived as “defamation of religions”). Each of these three issues are among the most hotly contested religious freedom issues today, and arise particularly when religious traditions and religious believers confront each other in the current global resurgence of religion.

Keywords:   human rights, religious freedom, international law, proselytism conversion, blasphemy

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