Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate by Nadirsyah HosenLaw and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate by Nadirsyah Hosen

Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate

EditorNadirsyah Hosen, Richard Mohr

Hardcover | June 9, 2011

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With religion at centre stage in conflicts worldwide, and in social, ethical and geo-political debates, this book takes a timely look at relations between law and religion. To what extent can religion play a role in secular legal systems? How do peoples of various faiths live successfully by both secular laws as well as their religious laws? Are there limits to freedom of religion? These questions are related to legal deliberations and broader discussions around secularism, multiculturalism, immigration, settlement and security.

The book is unique in bringing together leading scholars and respected religious leaders to examine legal, theoretical, historical and religious aspects of the most pressing social issues of our time. In addressing each other¿s concerns, the authors ensure accessibility to interdisciplinary and non-specialist audiences: scholars and students in social sciences, human rights, theology and law, as well as a broader audience engaged in social, political and religious affairs. Five of the book¿s thirteen chapters address specific contemporary issues in Australia, one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world and a pioneer of multicultural policies. Australia is a revealing site for contemporary studies in a world afraid of immigration and terrorism. The other chapters deal with political, legal and ethical issues of global significance. In conclusion, the editors propose increasing dialogue with and between religions. Law may intervene in or guide such dialogue by defending the free exchange of religious ideas, by adjudicating disputes over them, or by promoting a civil society that negotiates, rather than litigates.

Dr Nadirsyah Hosen is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia.Dr Richard Mohr is Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and Managing Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Law Text Culture.
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Title:Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary DebateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 9, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415572495

ISBN - 13:9780415572491

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Da Capo: law and religion from the top down,Richard Mohr and Nadirsyah HosenPart 1: Law state and secularism2. Classifying church¿state arrangements ¿ beyond religious versus secula,Darryn Jensen3. Christian origins of secularism and the rule of law,Richard Mohr4. The future of secularism: a critique,Margaret DaviesPart 2: Religion and speech in a pluralist society5. Religion, multiculturalism and legal pluralism,Frank BrennanSJ6. Religion and freedom of speech in Australia,Katharine Gelber7. The reasonable audience of religious hatred ¿ the semiotic ideology of anti-vilification laws in Australia,Massimo LeonPart 3 Religion as a factor in legal processes and decisions8. Religion and security: what¿s your motive?,Nadirsyah Hosen9. Religion and justice: atonement as an element of justice in both western law and Christian thought,Cassandra Sharp10. Why should I do this? Private property, climate change and Christian sacrifice,Paul BabiePart 4: Negotiating religious law and personal beliefs11. Jewish law in a modern Australian context,Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence12. Does Australia need a mufti? Analyzing the institution of ifta in an Australian contemporary context,Mohamad AbdallaAfterword: A posteriori: the experience of religion,Nadirsyah Hosen and Richard Mohr