Religious Rules, State Law, and Normative Pluralism - A Comparative Overview

  • Rossella Bottoni
  • Rinaldo Cristofori
  • Silvio Ferrari

Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Religion and Legal Pluralism. Theoretical Perspectives

  3. Religion and Legal Pluralism. National Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Wolfgang Wieshaider
      Pages 77-90
    3. Louis-Léon Christians, Adriaan Overbeeke
      Pages 91-115
    4. Jane Reis Gonçalves Pereira
      Pages 117-133
    5. Jacques Robert
      Pages 167-173
    6. Ino Augsberg, Stefan Korioth
      Pages 175-191
    7. Balázs Schanda
      Pages 193-207
    8. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Nisar Mohammad Ahmad
      Pages 263-276
    9. Sophie Van Bijsterveld
      Pages 277-291
    10. Paulo Pulido Adragão, Anabela Leão
      Pages 293-309
    11. Søren Holm, Javier García Oliva
      Pages 375-393
    12. Russell Sandberg
      Pages 395-416
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 417-420

About this book


This book is devoted to the study of the interplay between religious rules and State law. It explores how State recognition of religious rules can affect the degree of legal diversity that is available to citizens and why such recognition sometime results in more individual and collective freedom and sometime in a threat to equality of citizens before the law. The first part of the book contains a few contributions that place this discussion within the wider debate on legal pluralism. While State law and religious rules are two normative systems among many others, the specific characteristics of the latter are at the heart of tensions that emerge with increasing frequency in many countries. The second part is devoted to the analysis of about twenty national cases that provide an overview of the different tools and strategies that are employed to manage the relationship between State law and religious rules all over the world.


Anthropology on religious pluralism Christian Churches and of the States Comparative approach to religious pluralism Comparative law De-centralization of national States Freedom to run their lives Human rights provisions Law and religion Legal theory of religious pluralism Religious Rules According To The Law Of The State Religious pluralism and human rights Religious rules Roman Catholic Canon law Sociological and religious pluralism State independence in economic issues State sovereignty

Editors and affiliations

  • Rossella Bottoni
    • 1
  • Rinaldo Cristofori
    • 2
  • Silvio Ferrari
    • 3
  1. 1.Facoltà di Scienze Politiche e SocialiUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly
  2. 2.Università degli studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  3. 3.Università degli studi di Milano MilanItaly

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