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Religious Freedom in IslamThe Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today$
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Daniel Philpott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908188.001.0001

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A Pathway to Freedom

A Pathway to Freedom

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Religious Freedom in Islam

Daniel Philpott

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the Catholic Church’s long historical road to religious freedom serves as a template for an Islamic pathway to religious freedom. The Church’s pathway, culminating in the declaration of the Second Vatican Council, Dignitatis Humanae, is a much better model than the Reformation or the Enlightenment, which are often cited as pathways. The chapter identifies historical factors that led to the Church’s eventual public embrace of religious freedom, showing that the Church exercised this embrace on grounds that were internal to its tradition rather than amounting to compromises with secularism. This is what Muslims can find appealing.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, the Reformation, the Enlightenment

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