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Introduction

Allen D. Hertzke

in The Future of Religious Freedom

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199930890
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930890.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter summarizes the contributions of the volume by placing them into a synoptic global context. It traces the origins of religious freedom in the ontology of human experience and demonstrates its value in promoting democracy, civil liberties, inter-religious amity, civil peace, and regional stability. It explores the paradox that the international consensus behind religious freedom is weakening at the very time its value is becoming manifest. It summarizes scholarship on the status of religious freedom across the globe and the challenges to its realization. It compares religion-state relationships in the Islamic arc, China, Russia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Americas. A special emphasis explores law and thought in the Islamic experience today and features important Muslim voices for religious liberty. The chapter concludes with a review of the diplomatic prospects for enhancing global security through protections of religious rights

Keywords: origins of religious freedom; status of religious freedom; religious markets; international law on religion; constitutional models; human rights; threats to religious rights; global security; Islamic experience

Chapter.  11472 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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