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The Future of Religious FreedomGlobal Challenges$
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Allen D. Hertzke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199930890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199930890.001.0001

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The Status of and Threats to International Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Status of and Threats to International Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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The Future of Religious Freedom

W. Cole Jr. Durham

Matthew K. Richards

Donlu D. Thayer

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a sweeping overview of the status of international law on religion and explores threats to its realization. It demonstrates that freedom of religion or belief is firmly incorporated in international law but that the consensus behind it is weakening in the face of secular trends and overweening states. It surveys the evolution of international covenants, national constitutions, statutes, and norms, showing that the international regime recognizes religious freedom as a universal right. But the chapter also examines systematically the challenges to this international regime by secularist apathy, competing values, identity politics, or intrusive state actions, both by democratic nations and authoritarian ones. It concludes with an eloquent appeal to uphold this pillar of freedom in the face of broad non-compliance, both in the interest of human justice but also the stability and peace of the global order

Keywords:   religious freedom, religious markets, international law, constitutional models, human rights, threats to religious rights, global security, Islamic experience

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