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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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Realizing Religious Freedom in Islam

Realizing Religious Freedom in Islam

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Religious Freedom in Islam

Daniel Philpott

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter offers six recommendations for increasing the sphere of religious freedom in the Muslim-majority world and in the globe in general. These are drawn from the book’s foregoing analysis. The chapter calls for a “gestalt” shift by which religious freedom is recognized as a universal principle, not a Western value; for a recognition of Islam’s capacity for religious freedom; for a rejection of negative secularism; and for an expansion of religious freedom in the Muslim world. Then, the chapter turns its attention to the rise of religious freedom in the foreign policy of the United States and other Western states, recommending that these states “mainstream” religious freedom in their foreign policies. It also recommends building transnational networks involving religious freedom constituencies.

Keywords:   United States foreign policy, freedom of religion and belief, the European Union, secularism, the International Religious Freedom Act

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