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Transforming Religious Liberties
A New Theory of Religious Rights for National and International Legal Systems

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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316631294

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  • Religious liberties are at the centre of many debates on how liberal democratic societies can accommodate diversity. This book considers the interaction between law and religion from a broad international, comparative and jurisprudential perspective and proposes a new theoretical approach to religious liberty that both transcends and transforms current approaches to religious rights. Not only does the discussion draw on the work of a range of legal and political philosophers including John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin and John Finnis, it also tests the validity of the various proposals against actual 'hard cases' derived from multiple jurisdictions. In so doing, the analysis overcomes longstanding challenges to existing religious rights regimes and identifies a new theoretical paradigm that specifically addresses the challenges associated with religiously pluralist societies. Through this type of interdisciplinary analysis, the book identifies a religio-legal system that both religious and non-religious people can support.

    • Attempts to reform religious rights at the theoretical level and provide an international, comparative and interdisciplinary approach to religious liberty that is suitable for adoption by a wide range of national and international legal systems
    • Adopts a combined comparative analysis by integrating theoretical analysis with practical examples of 'hard cases' drawn from multiple legal systems
    • Balances the rights of religious and non-religious persons in a way that takes all of their concerns into account and that is suitable for today's religiously pluralist societies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘All in all, Strong’s book is well worth reading. It presents a full vision of religious freedom from the perspective of a knowledgeable theorist, and it does so in a detailed, inclusive manner.’ Nelson Tebbe, Reading Religion

    'Strong … has written a dense yet intensely thoughtful and quite satisfying tome proposing a new theory of religious rights for national and international legal systems, a new paradigm she refers to as the religiously oriented original position. She begins her exploration by examining the work of political theorists such as John Locke, John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, and John Finnis. By examining these philosophers and analyzing different religious rights regimes, she attempts to discover the best model that will provide the most tangible benefits, such as promoting peace and furthering one's self-definition, among others. Strong looks at what this model would do and specifically at how this religiously oriented original position could be incorporated into the laws of the US, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as more generally at the international level.' M. W. Bowers, Choice

    'Every serious effort to offer a new global paradigm on religious freedom has to be taken seriously. Strong’s imaginative endeavor is clearly one such laudable effort, as readers of this challenging book will notice quickly. For this reason, the author deserves intellectual respect and admiration.' Rafael Domingo, Journal of Church and State

    'She has written a book well worth a read, which aims to accomplish something few scholars take the time to do: not only question the way in which the paradigm of freedom of religion is structured, but actually restructure it to fit a cross-border, cross-discipline, and cross-cultural audience. The renaissance of universality provides a challenge to the era of relativism, and Strong has done a fine job in writing such a piece of work.' Emma Ahlm, Journal of Law and Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316631294
    • length: 383 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Current approaches to religious rights
    3. The religiously orientated original position: presumptions and framework
    4. Purely self-regarding practices: religious acts with no effect on others or society
    5. Complex self-regarding practices: religious acts with an effect on others or society
    6. False other-regarding practices: religious directions to non-religious persons with no effect on others or society
    7. True other-regarding practices: religious directions to non-religious persons with an effect on others or society
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    S. I. Strong, University of Missouri, Columbia
    S. I. Strong has taught at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom as well as Georgetown Law Center and the University of Missouri in the United States. Professor Strong has written over 100 books and articles which have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian and Chinese, and has won numerous awards for scholarly writing, including Cambridge's esteemed Yorke Prize. Professor Strong is a former US Supreme Court Fellow and holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a J.D. from Duke University, North Carolina, in addition to other degrees.

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