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The Legal Treatment of Muslim Minorities in Italy: Islam and the Neutral State

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ISBN13: 9781472450234
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00



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Islam is a growing presence practically everywhere in Europe. In Italy, however, Islam has met a unique model of state neutrality, religious freedom and church and state collaboration. This book gives a detailed description of the legal treatment of Muslims in Italy, contrasting it with other European states and jurisprudence, and with wider global tendencies that characterize the treatment of Islam.

Through focusing on a series of case studies, the author argues that the relationship between church and state in Italy, and more broadly in Europe, should be reconsidered both to secure religious freedom and general welfare. Working on the concepts of religious freedom, state neutrality, and relationship between church and state, Andrea Pin develops a theoretical framework that combines the state level with the supranational level in the form of the European Convention of Human Rights, which ultimately shapes a unitary but flexible understanding of pluralism. This approach should better accommodate not just Muslims' needs, but religious needs in general in Italy and elsewhere.

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Subjects:
European Jurisdictions, Italy, Islamic Law
Contents:
Foreword, John Witte, Jr.
Introduction
Islam in Italy
The role of state-religion agreements in Italy: an imperfect pluralism
Islam and the state: tradition and modernization
Islam and relations with the Italian state
Making sense of religious freedom for Italian Muslims
The Italian version of state neutrality: 'laicita'
State 'laicita', vis-a-vis the Muslim community's demands
Conclusions: finding religious freedom in today's 'hybridization'
Index.