Professors Durham and Smith Contribute to Law and Religion in the 21st Century: Relations between States and Religious Communities

Ashgate publishers have announced Law and Religion in the 21st Century: Relations between States and Religious Communities, edited by Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Canon Law, University of Milan, and President, International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS), and Rinaldo Cristofori, Research Student at the University of Milan. The work is designed as “a valuable resource for academics, students and policy-makers with an interest in the interaction between law and religion” and includes a chapter, “Religion and the State in the United States at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century,” by ICLRS Director W. Cole Durham Jr. and Managing Director Robert T. Smith. Among other contributors are recent participants in the Annual International Law and Religion Symposium in Provo: Fatou Kiné Camara, Tahir Mahmood, Jeroen Temperman, and Mathias Rohe.

From the Ashgate website: “This book brings together leading international scholars of law and religion to provide an overview of current issues in State-religion relations. The first part of the collection offers a picture of recent developments in key countries and regions. The second part is focused on Europe and, in particular, on the Nordic States and the post-communist countries where State-religion systems have undergone most profound change. The third and final part is devoted to four issues that are currently debated all over the world: the relations between freedom of expression and freedom of religion; proselytism and the right to change religion; the religious symbols; and the legal status of Islam in Europe and Canada.”