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Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada

Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada seeks to elucidate the complex and often uneasy relationship between law and religion in democracies committed both to equal citizenship and religious pluralism. Leading socio-legal scholars consider the role of religious values in public decision making, government support for religious practices, and the restriction and accommodation by government of minority religious practices. They examine such current issues as the legal recognition of sharia arbitration, the re-definition of civil marriage, and the accommodation of religious practice in the public sphere.

328 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction: Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada / Richard Moon

1 View from the Succah: Religion and Neighbourly Relations / Shauna Van Praagh

2 Clashes of Principle and the Possibility of Dialogue: A Case Study of Same-Sex Marriage in the United Church in Canada / Jennifer Nedelsky and Roger Hutchinson

3 Associational Rights, Religion, and the Charter / David Schneiderman

4 The Canadian Conception of Equal Religious Citizenship / Bruce Ryder

5 Living by Different Law: Legal Pluralism, Freedom of Religion, and Illiberal Religious Groups / Alvin Esau

6 In the (Canadian) Shadow of Islamic Law: Translating Mahr as a Bargaining Endowment / Pascale Fournier

7 Living Law on a Living Earth: Aboriginal Religion, Law, and the Constitution / John Borrows

8 Defining Religion: The Promise and the Peril of Legal Interpretation / Lori G. Beaman

9 Government Support for Religious Practice / Richard Moon

10 Ontario’s Sharia Law Debate: Law and Politics under the Charter / Lorraine E. Weinrib

11 Law’s Religion: Rendering Culture / Benjamin L. Berger


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