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International Law and ReligionHistorical and Contemporary Perspectives$
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Martti Koskenniemi, Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, and Paolo Amorosa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805878.001.0001

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International Law and Religion

International Law and Religion

No Stable Ground

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International Law and Religion

Martti Koskenniemi

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the themes and the chapters of the book. It points out that there has been no clear tradition of research on the relations of ‘international law’ and ‘religion’. Hence, for the production of this work, there was no stable ground. The editors have tried to avoid pronouncing on the value of ‘more’ or ‘less’ intense engagement between international law and religion; instead the point has been to focus the various, often hidden forms of their alliance. Any study of ‘religion’ and ‘international law’ must confront the fact that both terms are complex wholes of ideas and practices whose scope and meaning is contested by people most intimately connected to them. Even to ask the question of the ‘relationship of international law and religion’ is scarcely more than to gesture towards further inquiries and research agendas about how each entity should be best approached.

Keywords:   religion, Islam, Christianity, secularism, Eurocentrism, sovereignty, property, dominium

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