Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues by Paul WellerReligious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues by Paul Weller

Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues

byPaul Weller

Hardcover | June 8, 2008

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At a time when issues of religious diversity are ever present in the media and in public debate in¿the <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">UK , student and general interest in this topic is at a new high.

Paul Weller's new textbook provides an overview of the religious diversity of the <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">UK . Informed by examples from the author's own research and professional practice, and referring to other key sources, it takes a "critical incident" and "case-study" based approach to some of the major debates arising from that diversity. These include demographic, socio-economic and other issues from the Census; places of worship; hatred, respect and freedom of expression; governance and civil society; education; and discrimination and equal opportunities.

It facilitates engagement with topics of recent and often heated debate, such as The Satanic Verses, Jerry Springer the Opera, and Behzti controversies; wearing the veil; religious representation in public life; faith schools and student religious societies in higher education; religious rights; gay rights; and the impact of 7/7 on multi-culturalism in the UK.

With helpful features for students - such as study activities associated with the materials in each chapter; tasks and questions for discussion; a timeline of key events and developments; and bibliographical resources for further learning - this new companion to this fascinating area will be required reading.

Title:Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and IssuesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 8, 2008Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826498973

ISBN - 13:9780826498977


Table of Contents

1. Religious Diversity and the Contours of the Religious Landscape of the <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">UK ¿

2. Religious Diversity and Places of Worship

3. Religious Diversity, Governance and Civil Society

4. Religious Diversity and Education

5. Religious Diversity, Hatred, Respect and Freedom of Expression

6. Religious Diversity, Discrimination and Equal Opportunities

Editorial Reviews

"This is essential background reading for anyone concerned about inter-faith relations in the UK.¿Whether you want an overview of the debate about religion in the public sphere, an analysis of the census data on religious affiliation, the background to the controversy over faith schools, the latest government directives on community cohesion, the recent history of blasphemy legislation, you will find the facts and figures, vast amounts of data, bibliography aplenty, and judicious analysis in Paul Weller's impressive and wonderfully useful handbook." Michael Barnes SJ, Heythrop College, University of London, UK