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Constitutionalism, religion, and education

Brown, Nathan J., Kissane, Bill and Madeley, John (2016) Constitutionalism, religion, and education. American Behavioral Scientist, 60 (8). pp. 1013-1035. ISSN 0002-7642

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0002764215615352


This article compares the constitutional protection of religious education in Egypt, Ireland, and Norway. It shows that such protection has, in each case, path-dependent qualities that suggest religious education is relatively immune to constitutional attack. This immunity has been marked both at the point of independence and in the more secularizing periods that followed. It cannot be explained by different historical trajectories or by differences in confessional culture. Although the stakes are high in this area (for states, religious bodies, and parents), contrary to what separationist understandings of the modern state would expect, each state has maintained an openly accommodationist relationship with religious bodies in this field more than any other. The conclusion explores some reasons for why these accommodationist practices, which span three centuries, have continued.

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Additional Information: © 2015 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 16:20
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:21

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