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State and Religion in Israel
A Philosophical-Legal Inquiry

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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107150829

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  • State and Religion in Israel begins with a philosophical analysis of the two main questions regarding the role of religion in liberal states: should such states institute a 'Wall of Separation' between state and religion? Should they offer religious practices and religious communities special protection? Gideon Sapir and Daniel Statman argue that liberalism in not committed to Separation, but is committed to granting religion a unique protection, albeit a narrower one than often assumed. They then use Israel as a case study for their conclusions. Although Israel is defined as a Jewish state, its Jewish identity need not be interpreted religiously, requiring that it subjects itself to the dictates of Jewish law (Halakha). The authors test this view by critically examining important topics relevant to state and religion in Israel: marriage and divorce, the drafting of yeshiva students into the army, the character of the Sabbath and more.

    • Proposes a comprehensive theory about state and religion relations, providing tools to think systematically about questions in this field
    • Uses a clear philosophical underpinning for its analysis
    • Contains a detailed case study of the arrangements in Israel which encourages sensitivity to the unique circumstances of different countries
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘There are plenty of books and articles, both in Israel and abroad, which deal with freedom of conscience and religion. State and Religion in Israel by Sapir and Statman is the best of them all. No other book can compete with its intellectual honesty, sharp reasoning and comprehensive knowledge of the topic in all its complexity. I will not be exaggerating if I say that the public and legal discourse in Israel will improve as a result of the ideas in this book, which is mandatory reading for any thinking person.' Aharon Barak, Israel Prize Laureate and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107150829
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory:
    1. Liberalism and neutrality(1): arguments against support
    2. Liberalism and neutrality(2): arguments against preference
    3. The assumed dangers of religion
    4. Religious reasons for separation
    5. Freedom of religion
    6. Protection of religious feelings
    7. Freedom from religion
    8. Religious coercion: the place of religious arguments in the public sphere
    Part II. From Theory to Practice:
    9. Marriage and divorce
    10. Religious education
    11. Serving religious needs
    12. Drafting Yeshiva students into the army
    13. The Sabbath in a Jewish state
    14. The Supreme Court on the protection of and from religion
    15. Minority religions in Israel.

  • Authors

    Gideon Sapir, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    Gideon Sapir is Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University. A scholar of constitutional theory and the relations of state and religion, he is the author of Israeli Constitution: From Evolution to Revolution (forthcoming).

    Daniel Statman, University of Haifa, Israel
    Daniel Statman is head of the philosophy department at the University of Haifa and former chair of the Israeli Philosophical Association. He is the author of Moral Dilemmas (1995), Religion and Morality (1995), and most recently, War by Agreement: A Defense of Traditional Just War Theory (forthcoming).

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