n African Human Rights Law Journal - Freedom of belief for minorities in states with a dominant religion : anomaly and pragmatism

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This article provides a European perspective on church and state that may be instructive in understanding current developments in Africa. In particular, the article explores the fragile inter-dependency of minority and majority religions within national systems. It examines various ways of defining dominant and minority religions and various paradigms of church-state relations. The article provides a comparative case study of the English religious establishment model for understanding these concepts and argues for both the inclusion of religion in public discourse and the protection of religious minorities in the ongoing development of law and religion in Africa.

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