Institutionalizing rights and religion: Competing supremacies

Leora Batnitzky, Hanoch Dagan

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Modern statesmen and political theorists have long struggled to design institutions that will simultaneously respect individual freedom of religion, nurture religion’s capacity to be a force for civic good and human rights, and tame religion’s illiberal tendencies. Moving past the usual focus on personal free expression of religion, this illuminating book - written by renowned scholars of law and religion from the United States, England, and Israel - considers how the institutional design of both religions and political regimes influences the relationship between religious practice and activity and human rights. The authors examine how the organization of religious communities affects human rights, and investigate the scope of a just state’s authority with respect to organized religion in the name of human rights. They explore the institutional challenges posed by, and possible responses to, the fraught relationship between religion and rights in the world today.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom; New York, NY
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)1107153719, 1108178871, 1108180191, 1108180418, 1108180639, 110818085X, 1108181740, 1316599965, 1316607755, 9781107153714, 9781316599969, 9781316607756
ISBN (Print)9781107153714
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Civil rights -- Religious aspects
  • Freedom of religion
  • Human rights -- Religious aspects
  • Religion and state
  • Freedom of religion -- Law and legislation
  • Freedom of worship
  • Intolerance -- Freedom of religion
  • Liberty of religion
  • Religious freedom
  • Religious liberty
  • Separation of church and state
  • State and religion
  • State, The -- Religious aspects


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