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Nelson, Matthew J. (2021) 'The Meaning of Religious Freedom: From Ireland and India to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.' In: Barkey, Karen, Kaviraj, Sudipta and Naresh, Vatsal, (eds.), Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism in India, Pakistan, and Turkey. New York: Oxford University Press.

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This chapter examines the political circumstances that transformed the meaning of constitutional provisions protecting a right to religious freedom (“subject to . . . public order”) as they migrated from anti-colonial Ireland, via postcolonial India, to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Even as constitutional texts guaranteeing a fundamental right to peaceful religious practice were imported, almost verbatim, into Pakistan, political, legal, and conceptual modulations ensured that certain forms of peaceful religious practice were recast as a source of religious “provocation” posing a threat to “public order.” This chapter shows how, far from protecting religious freedom, a refashioning of imported constitutional clauses via references to public order underpinned the formal restriction of an otherwise explicit right.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISBN: 9780197530016
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2018 14:34

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