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Religion in Public LifeMust Faith Be Privatized?$
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Roger Trigg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543670.001.0001

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Multiculturalism and Religion

Multiculturalism and Religion

(p.90) 5 Multiculturalism and Religion
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

The first part of the chapter examines if the bearer of the rights should be individuals or communities. It argues that too much emphasis on the freedom of an individual can lead one to forget the importance of cultural dimension. The second part differentiates between cultural diversity and personal freedom and explores the tendency of some Muslim scholars to see religious freedom as simply the right of non-Muslims to remain under Islamic rule without interference. The third section suggests that a culture, exemplified by a religion, is valuable in itself, since it is the source of meaning for its adherents. The fourth section examines the idea pursued by multiculturalism regarding the equality of cultures. The last section investigates discrimination between religions.

Keywords:   rights, cultural dimension, Islam, religious discrimination, multiculturalism, cultural equality, religious freedom, religion, cultural diversity

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