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Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate

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Edited by: Nadirsyah Hosen, Richard Mohr

ISBN13: 9780415859646
Published: April 2013
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2011)
Price: £30.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415572491



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Following the 9/11 terrorist attack, the attention paid to the issue of how peoples of various faiths live by both secular laws as well as their religious law has increased significantly. The issues of freedom of religion and religious accommodation in law are being debated in courts and legislatures across numerous jurisdictions. Such debates are also closely associated with broader discussions around secularism, multiculturalism, immigration, settlement and security.

The book is unique in bringing together leading scholars and respected religious leaders to address contemporary issues in the relationship of law, religion and the state. The contributors to the volume bring legal, theoretical, historical and religious insights to bear on some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The variety of perspectives highlights the religious dimensions of law, the legal dimensions of religion, and the interaction between secular law and religion. Particular attention is given to the implications for law and society, religious tolerance and freedom. The book focuses on the practical and topical issues that have arisen in recent years in Australia. As one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, a pioneer of multicutural policies in immigration and social justice, Australia is a revealing site for contemporary studies in a world afraid of immigration and terrorism., issues that are affecting much of the globe.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Contents:
1. Introduction: Da Capo: law and religion from the top down, Richard Mohr and Nadirsyah Hosen

Part 1: Law state and secularism
2. Classifying church-state arrangements - beyond religious versus secula, Darryn Jensen
3. Christian origins of secularism and the rule of law, Richard Mohr
4. The future of secularism: a critique, Margaret Davies

Part 2: Religion and speech in a pluralist society
5. Religion, multiculturalism and legal pluralism, Frank Brennan SJ
6. Religion and freedom of speech in Australia, Katharine Gelber
7. The reasonable audience of religious hatred - the semiotic ideology of anti-vilification laws in Australia, Massimo Leon

Part 3 Religion as a factor in legal processes and decisions
8. Religion and security: what's your motive?, Nadirsyah Hosen
9. Religion and justice: atonement as an element of justice in both western law and Christian thought, Cassandra Sharp
10. Why should I do this? Private property, climate change and Christian sacrifice, Paul Babie

Part 4: Negotiating religious law and personal beliefs
11. Jewish law in a modern Australian context, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence
12. Does Australia need a mufti? Analyzing the institution of ifta in an Australian contemporary context, Mohamad Abdalla

Afterword: A posteriori: the experience of religion, Nadirsyah Hosen and Richard Mohr