Religious Diversity in Public Education: A Comparative European Perspective

Cornelia Roux (ed.), Safe Spaces: Human Rights Education in Diverse Contexts, Sense Publishers, 2012

11 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2018

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Kyriaki Topidi

European Centre for Minority Issues; Institute of Law and Religion /Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 2012

Abstract

The chapter begins with the assumption that there is an inherent interest in allowing religious expression in any given society but not just for reasons of respect of individual rights. Beyond, that there are also arguments that the expression of religious rights contributes to the construction of identity, especially and particularly through the medium of public education. In order to make these points, the chapter proceeds a contrario and utilises different understandings of state neutrality as applied in the German and Turkish cases, as well as supra-nationally in Europe to demonstrate the need for a holistic interpretation of religious diversity in education.

Keywords: religious freedom, Germany, Turkey, state neutrality, European Court of Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Topidi, Kyriaki, Religious Diversity in Public Education: A Comparative European Perspective (February 2012). Cornelia Roux (ed.), Safe Spaces: Human Rights Education in Diverse Contexts, Sense Publishers, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3246676

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