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Menski, Werner F (2009) 'Indian secular pluralism and its relevance for Europe.' In: Grillo, Ralph, Ballard, Roger, Ferrari, Alessandro, Hoekema, André, Maussen, Marcel and Shah, Prakash, (eds.), Legal practice and cultural diversity. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 31-48. (Cultural Diversity and Law)

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Abstract

India’s long-standing multiculturalism has consistently allowed the cultivation of a plurality-conscious legal culture and today underpins a well-tested unique approach to ‘secularism’ as equal treatment of all religions rather than as a division of ‘church’ and ‘state’. Mainstream Eurocentric legal scholarship largely misunderstands and dismisses this approach, arguing simplistically that respect for ‘group rights’ infringes human rights, getting embroiled in narrow arguments over competing Christian and Muslim perspectives, forgetting the wider global dimension.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISBN: 9780754675471
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 12:02
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/9448

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