Variaties of Religious Establishment , Ashgate ahrc / esrc Religion and Society Series, Ashgate, 2013, isbn : 978-1-4094-5241-6, 244 pp. When first asked to review this book, my first reaction was thinking that I was in for an easy reading. As a student in law and religion I have read, studied or somehow come upon many collections and monographs on establishment, or dis-establishment. Comparative analysis on countries or methods abound in the field. As soon as I started reading the book I immediately understood that I was in for a surprise. In the introduction to the volume the editors, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and Lori G. Beaman, state their concerns and goals for this interesting, and for now unique, volume. A first, maybe naïve, remark is the idea that the book seeks to “destabilize the notion [of establishment] that there is one model to which all must subscribe”. Legal scholars are aware of the different varieties and indeed there rarely are works that promote a one-solution-fits-all. It is the following remark that makes this book a compelling and fresh work. The editors idea is “to question the notion that dis-establishment is an essential tool in the religious diversity and
Religion and Human Rights – Brill
Published: Aug 1, 2014
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