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Religious Rights For Minorities

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This chapter focuses on the granting of religious rights for minorities. What is lacking is a direct approach, concretely defining minority rights in a way that legally recognises the religious ideas and practices that embody their identity. This raises three problems. The chapter explores these problems, and first deals with problematic aspects of minority rights. It then looks at complexities in the relation between these rights and religion, particularly against the background of the autonomous state, the separation of church and state, and religious freedom. Finally, the chapter outlines legal pluralism, more particularly the possibility of incorporating aspects of religious - especially Islamic - personal law and the problems it entails for gender equality.

Keywords: gender equality; legal pluralism; minority rights; religious freedom; religious minorities



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