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Democracy, Law and Religious Pluralism in Europe: Secularism and Post-Secularism

Edited by: Ferran Requejo, Camil Ungureanu

ISBN13: 9780415828338
Published: August 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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In contrast with the progressive dilution of religions predicted by traditional liberal and Marxist approaches, religions remain important for many people, even in Europe, the most secularised continent. In the context of increasingly culturally-diverse societies, this calls for a reinterpretation of the secular legacy of the Enlightenment and also for an updating of democratic institutions.

This book focuses on a central question: are the classical secularist arrangements well-equipped to tackle the challenge of fast-growing religious pluralism? Or should we move to new post-secular arrangements when dealing with pluralism in Europe? Offering an interdisciplinary approach that combines political theory and legal analysis, the authors tackle two interrelated facets of this controversial question. They begin by exploring the theoretical perspective, asking what post-secularism is and looking at its relation to secularism. The practical consequences of this debate are then examined, focusing on case-law through four empirical case studies.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political theory, philosophy, religion and politics, European law, human rights, legal theory and socio-legal studies.

Subjects:
Law and Society
Contents:
1. The faces of religious pluralism in Europe: theoretical and empirical perspectives Ferran Requejo and Camil Ungureanu

Part 1: Theoretical Approaches: Secularism or Post-Secularism in Europe?
2. Religion, Secularism and the Modern State: Politico-Theological Reflections John Loughlin
3. Egalitarian Theories of Religious Freedom: A Sympathetic Critique Cecile Laborde
4. Religion, Gender and the Ambiguities of Choice Anne Phillips
5. Religious Pluralism in a Deliberative Democracy Cristina Lafont 6. The problems of liberal post-secularism Bernard Gagnon

Part 2: From Theory to Practice: the ECtHR and Religion
7. Religious pluralism: the case of the European Court of Human Rights. Javier Martinez-Torron
8. The 'trilemma' of the crucifix: beyond secularist and conservative self-complacencies Marisa Iglesias and Camil Ungureanu
9. The Right to Conscientious Objection on Religious Grounds Daniel Gamper
10. Feminism and Jurisprudential Developments involving Islam Ayelet Shachar
11. Concluding remarks: from theory to practice and back Ferran Requejo