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Religion and Civil Human Rights in Empirical Perspective

  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
  • Carl Sterkens

Part of the Religion and Human Rights book series (REHU, volume 2)

Table of contents

About this book


This volume offers an empirical perspective on the so-called first generation of human rights. It explores the legitimization of these human rights by individual people, both because of their religion and because of their vision of what constitutes human dignity. The book addresses such issues as the foundation of human rights, the necessity of a broader conversation about human rights, aspects of freedom of religion, and the role of religion in Belarus, Britain, Chile, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, Norway and Tanzania. Taking an international comparative perspective, the volume answers the question as to what extent adolescents in different countries support civil human rights and what influences their attitudes towards these rights.

As the diversity of the contributions in this volume shows, the relationship between religion and civil human rights is complex and multifaceted. Studying this complicated relationship calls for a variety of theoretical perspectives and rigorous empirical testing in different national contexts. This book’s empirical approach provides an important complementary perspective for legal, political and public debates. 


Civil Human Rights Civil Rights Empirical Research Foundation of Human Rights Freedom of Religion Freedom of Religion in Schools Human Dignity International Research Legitimization of Human Rights Religion Religion and Civil Human Rights Religion in Society Religious Human Rights and School Students Social Capital and Religion Youth and Civil Human Rights Youth Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    • 1
  • Carl Sterkens
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious StudiesRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Ziebertz is the leader of the international research project “Religion and Human Rights”, many publications on these issues.

Dr. Carl Sterkens is the Associate Professor Pastoral Theology and Empirical Religious Studies.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Religion and Civil Human Rights in Empirical Perspective
  • Editors Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    Carl Sterkens
  • Series Title Religion and Human Rights
  • Series Abbreviated Title Religion and Human Rights
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59284-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86589-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59285-5
  • Series ISSN 2510-4306
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-4314
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Religion
    Human Rights
    Social Justice, Equality and Human Rights
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