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Unveiling the Limits of Tolerance: Comparing the Treatment of Majority and Minority Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere


Susanna Mancini


University of Bologna; Johns Hopkins University - Bologna Center

Michel Rosenfeld


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

September 28, 2010

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 309

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The main purpose of this essay will be to focus on certain key questions raised under the prevailing circumstances through a comparative analysis of the handling of the display of religious symbols in public places. These questions include: whether, assuming commitments to pluralism, multiculturalism and religious and non-religious comprehensive views, there may be ways to improve on existing models or to replace them with ones that are better suited to accommodate the new religious and political realities, and whether tolerance can be redeployed to buttress pluralism and to avoid falling into an irreconcilable conflict between religious fundamentalism and antireligious secularism.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: Hidjab, Islam, pluralism, secularism, veil, cross, crucifix, enlightenment, free exercise

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Date posted: September 29, 2010  

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Mancini, Susanna and Rosenfeld, Michel, Unveiling the Limits of Tolerance: Comparing the Treatment of Majority and Minority Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere (September 28, 2010). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 309. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1684382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1684382

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