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Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa
Editors:  Pieter Coertzen, Len Hansen, and Christian Green
African Sun Media 2016

Africa continues to be a region with strong commitments to religious freedom and religious pluralism. These, however, are rarely mere facts on the ground – they are legal, political, social, and theological projects that require considerable effort to realise. 

This volume – compiling the proceedings of the third annual conference of the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies – focuses on various issues which vastly effect the understanding of religious pluralism in Africa. These include, amongst others, religious freedom as a human right, the importance of managing religious pluralism, and the permissibility of religious practice and observance in South African public schools.

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Law and Religion in Africa: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies
Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green, Len Hansen, eds.
African Sun Media 2015

In our time the study of law and religion is emerging as a wide-ranging and vital academic discipline, with increasingly urgent implications for society at large. Lying at the intersection of a variety of other disciplines – law, theology, religious studies, political science, sociology and anthropology, to name only the most obvious – the field of law and religion is generating a burgeoning volume of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and study. The current volume is proof of this. The discussion of the relationship between law and religion, as seen from a variety of perspectives in Africa, underscores the critical importance of the issues involved in the everyday life of all citizens. It is accordingly vital for governments to take note of the scholarly results that are produced. We hope that this volume will contribute to this aim.

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Vol. 14 No. 1 2014

Published by Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) 

Foreword: Law and religion in Africa: Comparative practices, experiences and prospects
by David M Kirkham and Cole Durham
Law and religion: Living expressions and channels of co-operation
by Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba
Religion and the republican state in Africa: The need for a distanced relationship
by Kofi Quashigah
From social hostility to social media: Religious pluralism, human rights and democracy in Africa
by M Christian Green
Constitution, Charter and religions in South Africa
by Pieter Coertzen
African traditional religion and the Catholic Church in the light of the synods for Africa: 1994 and 2009
by Jean-Baptiste Sourou
Exploring the contours of African sexualities: Religion, law and society
by Sylvia Tamale
Theologising the mundane, politicising the divine: The cross-currents of law, religion and politics in Nigeria
by Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede
The Nigerian police force and the enforcement of religious criminal law
by Enyinna S Nwauche
Insurgency in Nigeria: Addressing the causes as part of the solution
by Allswell Osini Muzan
The troubled relationship of state and religion in Eritrea
by Daniel R Mekonnen and Selam Kidane
Freedom of belief for minorities in states with a dominant religion: Anomaly and pragmatism
by Mark Hill