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

35 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2010  

Susanna Mancini

University of Bologna School of Law; Johns Hopkins University (SAIS)

Michel Rosenfeld

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Date Written: September 28, 2010

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1684382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1684382

Susanna Mancini

University of Bologna School of Law ( email )

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Italy

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/susanna.mancini/en

Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) ( email )

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Bologna
Italy

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Michel Rosenfeld (Contact Author)

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ( email )

55 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
United States
212-790-0234 (Phone)
212-790-0205 (Fax)

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