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The Possibility of Religious Freedom
Early Natural Law and the Abrahamic Faiths

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Part of Law and Christianity

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423953

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  • Religious freedom is one of the most debated and controversial human rights in contemporary public discourse. At once a universally held human right and a flash point in the political sphere, religious freedom has resisted scholarly efforts to define its parameters. Taliaferro explores a different way of examining the tensions between the aims of religion and the needs of political communities, arguing that religious freedom is a uniquely difficult human right to uphold because it rests on two competing conceptions, human and divine. Drawing on classical natural law, Taliaferro expounds a new, practical theory of religious freedom for the modern world. By examining conceptions of law such as Sophocles' Antigone, Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed, Ibn Rushd's Middle Commentary on Aristotle's Rhetoric, and Tertullian's writings, The Possibility of Religious Freedom explains how expanding our notion of law to incorporate such theories can mediate conflicts of human and divine law and provide a solid foundation for religious liberty in modernity's pluralism.

    • Examines the ancient roots of religious liberty as a response to the clash of human and divine laws
    • Provides close analyses of classic Greek, Jewish, Christian and Islamic philosophical texts
    • Develops a unified theory of justice and religious liberty using natural law as a tool for achieving justice in the modern era
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423953
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religion and law in late modernity
    2. Antigone: the tragedy of human and divine law
    3. Maimonides' middle way: teleology as a guide for the perplexed
    4. Between Sharī'a and human law: Ibn Rushd and the unwritten law of nature
    5. Arguing natural law: Tertullian and religious freedom in the Roman Empire
    Conclusion. Natural law, modernity and aporia
    Epilogue. Religious freedom in Qatar.

  • Author

    Karen Taliaferro, Arizona State University
    Karen Taliaferro is Assistant Professor in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. She has held fellowships at Princeton University's James Madison Program and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service-Qatar, as well as an NSEP Boren Fellowship in Morocco, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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