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Regulating Religion in Asia
Norms, Modes, and Challenges


Arif A. Jamal, Jaclyn L. Neo, Shai Wozner, Gilad Abiri, Ben Schontal, Kevin Fogg, Thio Li-ann, Bui Ngoc Son, Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Mirjam Künkler, Jianlin Chen, Loveday J. Liu, Matthew Nelson, Dian Shah, Daniel Goh, Mohsin Alam, Haider Hamoudi
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  • Date Published: March 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416177

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  • In recent years, law and religion scholarship has increasingly emphasized the need to study the interaction of legal and religious ideas and institutions, norms and practices. The overall question that this scholarship explores may be stated as follows: how do legal and religious ideas and institutions, methods and mechanisms, beliefs and believers influence each other, for better and for worse, in the past, present and future? This volume engages this area of scholarship by examining how law regulates religion, and how religion responds to such regulations. It examines underlying norms influencing state regulation of religion, and challenges emerging from such regulation. Importantly, this volume will go beyond the conventional enquiries that draw upon the Anglo-European approaches and experiences, and emphasize instead Asian perspectives in order to expand and build upon existing understandings about the complex relationship between law and religion.

    • Explores the relationship between law, religion and society from an Asian perspective that will expand and build on existing studies from the west
    • Provides theoretical perspectives as well as case studies focusing on Asian experiences
    • Provides insights from a wide range of contributors and presents a multi-disciplinary perspective on the topic
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    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416177
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    lntroduction: regulating religion in Asia: Part I. Theorizing Regulation:
    1. Regulatory markers Arif A. Jamal
    2. Conceptualizing the regulation of religion Jaclyn L. Neo
    3. The role of authority and sanctity in state-religion conflicts Shai Wozner and Gilad Abiri
    4. Jurisdictional vs. official control: regulating the Buddhist Saṅgha South and Southeast Asia Ben Schontal
    5. Defining and regulating religion in early independent Indonesia Kevin Fogg
    Part II. Regulating Religion: State Practice and Legal Norms:
    6. Principled pluralism, relational constitutionalism and regulating religion within Singapore's secular democratic model Thio Li-ann
    7. Legal regulation of religion in Vietnam Bui Ngoc Son
    8. Regulating Buddhism in Myanmar: the case of deviant Buddhist sects Nyi Nyi Kyaw
    9. The bureaucratization of religious education in the Islamic Republic of Iran Mirjam Künkler
    10. Managing religious competition in China: case study of regulating social and charitable service provisions by religious organizations Jianlin Chen and Loveday J. Liu
    Part III. Challenges to State Regulation:
    11. Regulating religion through administrative law: religious conversion in Malaysia beyond fundamental rights Matthew Nelson and Dian Shah
    12. Legal pluralism, patronage secularism and the challenge of prophetic Christianity in Singapore Daniel Goh
    13. Equality in secularism: contemporary debates on social stratification and the Indian constitution Mohsin Alam
    14. Regulating the state and the Hawza: legal pluralism and the ironies of Shi'i law Haider Hamoudi.

  • Editors

    Jaclyn L. Neo, National University of Singapore
    Jaclyn L. Neo is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She specializes in constitutional law, human rights law, and comparative constitutional law and religion. She is the sole editor of a recently published volume on Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (2016) and has been a guest editor for special issues in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, the Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Journal of Law, Religion, and State. Her articles have been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.

    Arif A. Jamal, National University of Singapore
    Arif A. Jamal is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). He serves on the Executive Committee of NUS's Centre for Asian Legal Studies and as an Editor with the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. His research and teaching interests include legal and political theory, law and religion and law in Muslim contexts. Arif's publications are forthcoming or have appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and the Journal of Law, Religion and State. His most recent book is Islam, Law and the Modern State: (Re)imagining Liberal Theory in Muslim Contexts (2018).

    Daniel P. S. Goh, National University of Singapore
    Daniel P. S. Goh is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He specializes in comparative-historical sociology and studies state formation, race and multiculturalism, Asian urbanisms, and religion, and has published over forty articles on these subjects in journals and books. He has edited and co-edited several books, including Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore (2009), Worlding Multiculturalisms: The Politics of Inter-Asian Dwelling (2014), Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (2017), and Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity: Past and Present (2017).


    Arif A. Jamal, Jaclyn L. Neo, Shai Wozner, Gilad Abiri, Ben Schontal, Kevin Fogg, Thio Li-ann, Bui Ngoc Son, Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Mirjam Künkler, Jianlin Chen, Loveday J. Liu, Matthew Nelson, Dian Shah, Daniel Goh, Mohsin Alam, Haider Hamoudi

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