The Wheel of Law

The Wheel of Law

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How can religious liberty be guaranteed in societies where religion pervades everyday life? In The Wheel of Law, Gary Jacobsohn addresses this dilemma by examining the constitutional development of secularism in India within an unprecedented cross-national framework that includes Israel and the United States. He argues that a country's particular constitutional theory and practice must be understood within its social and political context. The experience of India, where religious life is in profound tension with secular democratic commitment, offers a valuable perspective not only on questions of jurisprudence and political theory arising in countries where religion permeates the fabric of society, but also on the broader task of ensuring religious liberty in constitutional polities. India's social structure is so entwined with religion, Jacobsohn emphasizes, that meaningful social reform presupposes state intervention in the spiritual domain. Hence India's qameliorativeq model of secular constitutionalism, designed to ameliorate the disabling effects of the caste system and other religiously based practices. Jacobsohn contrasts this with the qvisionaryq secularism of Israel, where the state identifies itself with a particular religion, and with America's qassimilativeq secularism. Constitutional globalization is as much a reality as economic globalization, Jacobsohn concludes, and within this phenomenon the place of religion in liberal democracy is among the most vexing challenges confronting us today. A richly textured account of the Indian experience with secularism, developed in a broad comparative framework, this book is for all those seeking ways to respond to this challenge.40 Debate over this sort of judicial deference to the sensibilities of outsiders often focuses on the empirical question of whether a particular ... as a people.41 Oa#39; Connora#39;s a€œendorsement testa€ is a rejection of this concept of nationhood, using religion to establish that full and equal ... that religious identity shall not be permitted to encroach upon the constitutive domain of political identity.42 Upon this doctrinalanbsp;...

Title:The Wheel of Law
Author: Gary J. Jacobsohn
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2009-01-10

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