The return of religion to the public sphere raises various dilemmas. Rights and values, pluralism and identity, justice and efficacy, autonomy and tradition, and integration and toleration cannot always be balanced without the loss of something valuable. This volume of essays tackles such dilemmas from two perspectives. To begin, major contemporary theorists rethink the place of religion in the public sphere from republican, liberal and critical-theoretical viewpoints. Contributors then bring together theory and practice to better conceptualize and assess the latest developments in European jurisprudence with respect to religion.
Lorenzo Zucca is a reader in jurisprudence at King's College London. Camil Ungureanu is Lecturer in Political Theory at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Introduction Camil Ungureanu; Part I: 1. Religion and political liberty in Italian republics (thirteenth to fifteenth centuries) Maurizio Viroli; 2. Two stories about toleration Rainer Forst; 3. Natural reason, religious conviction, and the justification of coercion in democratic societies Robert Audi; 4. The 'other' citizens: religion in a multicultural Europe Maleiha Malik; 5. Islam and the public sphere: public reason or public imagination? Chiara Bottici and Benoit Challand; Part II: 6. Law v. religion Lorenzo Zucca; 7. Unveiling the limits of tolerance: comparing the treatment of majority and minority religious symbols in the public sphere Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld; 8. Objective, critical and pluralistic? Religious education and human rights in the European public sphere Ian Leigh; 9. Religion and (in)equality in the European framework Aileen McColgan; 10. Is there a right not to be offended in one's religious beliefs? George Letsas; 11. Religious pluralism versus social cohesion? Daniel Augenstein; Part III: 12. Rights, religion and the public sphere: the European Court of Human Rights in search of a theory? Julie Ringelheim; 13. Towards a European 'approach' to religion? Camil Ungureanu.