n African Human Rights Law Journal - Foreword : law and religion in Africa - comparative practices, experiences and prospects

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



The resurgence - or perhaps the rediscovery - of religion in recent decades has caused policy makers worldwide to re-evaluate the relationships of conscience and religious belief with law, politics, international relations, education and with most other social institutions. Those relationships have proven complicated, with religion sometimes walking the high road in the company of institutions that foster the expansion of social goods and amenities, and sometimes taking the lower path of violence and regression. Regardless, the appearance today of religion on the agenda of virtually all governments - at both global and local levels - demonstrates that the interaction of law and religion cannot be ignored. It is this recognition that has given the discipline of law and religion new salience. This issue of the makes important contributions to this burgeoning field.

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