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Religion and Human Rights

Religion, Education and Human Rights

Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Editors: Sjöborg, Anders, Ziebertz, Hans-Georg (Eds.)

  • Is the first book to cover religion, education, and human rights from an international perspective
  • Elaborates a multi-perspective view on religion and human rights
  • Brings together scholars from different disciplines and adds an interdisciplinary approach to our understanding of a much-debated issue in diverse modern societies
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This book examines the interconnectedness between religion, education, and human rights from an international perspective using an interdisciplinary approach. It deals with compulsory or secondary school education in different contexts, as well as higher education, and has as its common theme the multiplicity of secularisms in different national contexts. Presenting rich cases, the contributions include empirical and theoretical perspectives on how international trends of migration and cultural diversity, as well as judicialization of social and political processes, and rapid religious and social changes come into play as societies find their way in an increasingly diverse context. The book contains chapters that present case studies on how confessional or non-confessional Religious Education (RE) at schools in different societal contexts is related to the concept of universal human rights. It presents cases studies that display an intriguing array of problems that point to the role of religion in the public sphere and show that historical contexts play important and different roles. Other contributions deal with higher education, where one questions how human rights as a concept and as discourse is taught and examines whether withdrawing from certain clinical training when in university education to become a medical doctor or a midwife on the grounds of conscientious objections can be claimed as a human right. From a judicial point of view one chapter discerns the construction of the concept of religion in the Swedish Education Act, in relation to the Swedish constitution as well European legislation. Finally, an empirical study comparing data from young people in six different countries in three continents investigates factors that explain attitudes towards human rights. 

About the authors

Anders Sjöborg is Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre, Department of Theology, Uppsala University (Sweden). He is active as researcher and coordinator in the research program The Impact of Religion – Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, which is established as a Centre of excellence by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and Uppsala University, 2008-2018. He is one of the editors of YOUNG – Nordic Journal of Youth Research. He has recently published in journals such as British Journal of Religious Education, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, and Journal of Religious Education.

Hans-Georg Ziebertz is Professor of Practical Theology / Religious Education at the University of Würzburg (Germany). Since 2012, he is the leader of the international empirical research program Religion and Human Rights. Recent books: together with J. A. van der Ven, Human Rights and the Impact of Religion (2013), together with Gordan Črpić, Religion and Human Rights. An international perspective (2015) and recently, Religionsfreiheit (2015).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Education in the Context of Religious Pluralism and Human Rights – An Introduction

    Sjöborg, Anders (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Sacred or Profane? Human Rights in Religious Education in Poland

    Zielińska, Katarzyna (et al.)

    Pages 11-30

  • Path of Belarusian Secularism: Public Debates on Religious Education

    Breskaya, Olga

    Pages 31-47

  • Examining Religious Education in Finland from a Human Rights Perspective

    Poulter, Saila (et al.)

    Pages 49-61

  • Silent Religious Minorities in Schools in Estonia

    Schihalejev, Olga (et al.)

    Pages 63-76

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54068-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion, Education and Human Rights
Book Subtitle
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives
Editors
  • Anders Sjöborg
  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
Series Title
Religion and Human Rights
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54069-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54069-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54068-9
Series ISSN
2510-4306
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 212
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
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