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Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom: To be Fully Human

Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom: To be Fully Human

In both Europe and North America it can be argued that the associational and institutional dimensions of the right to freedom of religion or belief are increasingly coming under pressure. This book demonstrates why a more classical understanding of the idea of a liberal democracy... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780367224202
Barcode 9780367224202
Published 21 March 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
Author(s) By ten Napel, Hans-Martien
Series Law and Religion
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ISBN-13 9780367224202
ISBN-10 0367224208
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Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 21 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By ten Napel, Hans-Martien
Series Law and Religion
Category Religion & Beliefs
Religion: General
Politics & Government
Human Rights
International Human Rights Law
Constitutional & Administrative Law
Number of Pages 170
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 331g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Freedom of religion, Constitutional law, Democracy
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 342.0852
Catalogue Code Not specified

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In both Europe and North America it can be argued that the associational and institutional dimensions of the right to freedom of religion or belief are increasingly coming under pressure. This book demonstrates why a more classical understanding of the idea of a liberal democracy can allow for greater respect for the right to freedom of religion or belief. The book examines the major direction in which liberal democracy has developed over the last fifty years and contends that this is not the most legitimate type of liberal democracy for religiously divided societies. Drawing on theoretical developments in the field of transnational constitutionalism, Hans-Martien ten Napel argues that redirecting the concept and practice of liberal democracy toward the more classical notion of limited, constitutional government, with a considerable degree of autonomy for civil society organizations would allow greater religious pluralism. The book shows how in a post-secular and multicultural context, modern sources of constitutionalism and democracy, supplemented by premodern, transcendental legitimation, continue to provide the best means of legitimating Western constitutional and political orders.

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Author's Bio

Hans-Martien ten Napel is Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands. During the academic year 2014-2015 he was a Research Fellow in Legal Studies at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey.

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