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The Price of Freedom Denied
Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521146838
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  • The Price of Freedom Denied shows that, contrary to popular opinion, ensuring religious freedom for all reduces violent religious persecution and conflict. Others have suggested that restrictions on religion are necessary to maintain order or preserve a peaceful religious homogeneity. Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke show that restricting religious freedoms is associated with higher levels of violent persecution. Relying on a new source of coded data for nearly 200 countries and case studies of six countries, the book offers a global profile of religious freedom and religious persecution. Grim and Finke report that persecution is evident in all regions and is standard fare for many. They also find that religious freedoms are routinely denied and that government and the society at large serve to restrict these freedoms. They conclude that the price of freedom denied is high indeed.

    • Offers a global profile of religious freedom and persecution, including information on nearly 200 countries and selected case studies
    • Explains variation in religious persecution across countries and religious traditions, offering an explanation of why persecution tends to be higher among some populations
    • Demonstrates and documents how religious freedoms are denied by the government and the society at large
    • Argues that religious freedoms serve to defuse the potential conflict and reduce the level of violent religious persecution
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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    21st Jan 2014 by SamiKiiski

    This is one of the most interesting and insightful books Ive read. It is written clearly and offers a global view why religious freedom really matters. I would say that it also is a book that I enjoyed because of the many examples that make the reading easy.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521146838
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 29 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religious persecution: pervasive and pernicious
    2. Religious freedom: broken promises
    3. Persecution: the price of freedoms denied
    4. A closer look: Japan, Brazil and Nigeria
    5. A closer look: China, India and Iran
    6. What about Muslim-majority countries?
    7. Do religious freedoms really matter?
    Appendix. Testing the competing arguments.

  • Authors

    Brian J. Grim, Pew Research Center

    Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University

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