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Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law$
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Kristine Kalanges

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199859467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859467.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law

Kristine Kalanges

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses first, the relationship between religious liberty and human rights; and second, the global resurgence of religion and its significance for contemporary international law and politics. Religious liberty rights merit special attention in part because they are closely correlated with the observance of other human rights. This connection assumes even greater significance in view of the second point, namely, that the world is experiencing a religious resurgence with profound implications for contemporary international relations. To be more precise, it is not so much that greater numbers of people are religious but rather that their religiosity has acquired new theoretical and empirical salience for international law and politics.

Keywords:   human rights, international law, secularization, religious liberty, religious freedom

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