chapter  7
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The Strasbourg Court Dealing with Turkey and the Human Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief: An Assessment in Light of Leyla

ByŞahin v. Turkey

A growing number of cases on the human right to freedom of religion or belief (FORB) elicit a call for public discussion of the evolving jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).2 Public debate about the Strasbourg Court may include legal, moral, and political perspectives and be aided by scholarly studies and appraisals so as to inform about pertinent socio-cultural developments in the countries dealt with by the Court.3 Several recent cases of potentially farreaching consequence involve Muslims, Islam, and “Islamism” in Turkey.4