Negotiating religious diversity, as well as negotiating different forms and degrees of commitment to religious belief and identity, constitutes a major challenge for all societies. Recent developments such as the ‘de-secularisation’ of the world, the transformation and globalisation of religion and the attacks of September 11 have made religious claims and religious actors much more visible in the public sphere. This volume provides multiple perspectives on the processes through which religious communities create or defend their place in a given society, both in history and in our world today.

Offering a critical, cross-disciplinary investigation into processes of negotiating religion and religious diversity, the contributors present new insights on the meaning and substance of negotiation itself. This volume draws on diverse historical, sociological, geographic, legal and political theoretical approaches to take a close look at the religious and political agents involved in such processes as well as the political, social and cultural context in which they take place. Its focus on the European experiences that have shaped not only the history of ‘negotiating religion’ in this region but also around the world, provides new perspectives for critical inquiries into the way in which contemporary societies engage with religion.

This study will be of interest to academics, lawyers and scholars in law and religion, sociology, politics and religious history.

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Part I Negotiating religion: historical trajectories

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Part II Negotiating religion in constitutional politics and political philosophy

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Part III Everyday negotiations: religion in urban life

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Part IV Negotiating with religion from a legal perspective

chapter 11|14 pages

Negotiating with religion from a legal perspective

ByMyriam Hunter-Henin

chapter 13|18 pages

New issues for negotiation: schools and religious freedom

ByLucy Vickers

chapter 14|16 pages

Regulating religious diversity in liberal societies

ByMaleiha Malik