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Author Edge, Peter W.
Title Religion and law : an introduction / Peter W. Edge.
Imprint Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2006]

Series Ashgate religion, culture & society series
Ashgate religion, culture & society series.
Subject Religion and law.
Church and state.
Series Ashgate religion, culture & society series
Ashgate religion, culture & society series.
Subject Religion and law.
Church and state.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 160 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-153) and index.
Contents Thinking about law, thinking about religion -- Introducing law and religion -- Why is law important for religion? -- Why is religion important for law? -- What is law? -- The constitution -- Legislation -- Decisions of the superior courts -- Academic commentary and other secondary sources -- Soft law and law in practice -- What is religion? -- Approaching the literature -- Methodology -- Territorial scope -- Topic -- Readership -- Religious interests in international and domestic laws -- The idea of religious interests -- A taxonomy of religious interests -- Religious interests in international law -- International law -- The work of the United Nations -- Regional human rights documents : the ECHR -- Other regional human rights documents -- The limitations of international law -- Religious interests in generally applicable domestic guarantees -- The role of generally applicable guarantees of rights in constitutions -- United Kingdom -- New Zealand -- The United States -- Canada -- Australia -- South Africa -- Are generally applicable religious guarantees useful? -- The state and the individual -- The nature of the problems -- Disobeying generally applicable prohibitions -- Religious drug use in the US, England, and South Africa -- Refusing a positive duty to act -- Conscientious objection to military service under the ECHR -- Conscientious objection to taxation in the US -- Seeking protection for religious difference : improper proselytism under the European Convention on Human Rights -- The state and the religious organisation -- The nature of the problems -- Organisational involvement in the domestic constitution and international organisations -- Religious representation in the UK -- Organisational involvement in the international arena -- State involvement in the organisation : registration and recognition in Russia -- Organisational involvement in state initiatives : religious charities in the UK -- Claims against religious organizations : clergy issues -- Claims by clergy in the United Kingdom -- Claims for the misconduct of religious professionals in the United States -- Community rights : sacred places -- Sacred buildings in the United Kingdom -- Sacred places in the US : indigenous American religions and the US landscape -- International guarantees of religious interests -- Universal declaration of human rights -- International covenant on civil and political rights -- 1981 Declaration -- European Convention on Human Rights -- Introductions to particular jurisdictions -- United Kingdom -- United States -- Canada -- New Zealand -- South Africa -- Theoretical issues -- Defining religion -- Significance of law and religion to one another.
Summary Discussion of the way in which law engages with religious difference often takes place within the context of a single jurisdiction. Religion and Law: An Introduction, presents a comprehensive text for students, drawing on examples from across key Anglophone jurisdictions - the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, as well as international law, to explore a broad range of issues. Aimed at a non-legal readership, this book introduces the use of legal sources and focuses on factual situations as much as legal doctrine. Key issues arising from interaction of the religious individual and the State are discussed, as well as the religious organisation or community and the State. The interaction is explored through case studies of areas as diverse as the legal regulation of religious drug use, sacred spaces and sacred places, and claims of clergy misconduct. Taking a broad, non-jurisdictional approach to the key issues, in particular providing insights differing from the dominant US experiences and paradigms, this student-friendly textbook includes a clearly structured bibliography and clear guidance on how to approach relevant legal materials.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780754682288 (electronic bk.)
0754682285 (electronic bk.)
0754630471 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
075463048X (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9780754630487
OCLC # 319491614
Additional Format Print version: Edge, Peter W. Religion and law. Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2006 (DLC) 2005014477