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In: Religion inside and outside Traditional Institutions
Brill’s series Empirical Research in Religion and Human Rights publishes the results of empirical research on the mutual influences of different religions and human rights. The series focuses on studying people’s views on human rights and human rights policy as related to their religious convictions by using data from international comparative research. In doing so, the series aims at becoming an international outlet for the study of religion and human rights from a humanities point of view.

The series published three volumes over the last 5 years.
Editor-in-Chief: Johannes A. van der Ven
The book series Studies in Empirical Theology publishes monographs and edited volumes in the crossover field between theological and social-scientific research. Books published in the series involve both qualitative and quantitative interpretations of empirical approaches within the field of theology. All publications aim to contribute to empirically focused theological reflection on religion in all its aspects within secularized and multicultural societies in view of the development of religion in these societies now and in the future.

The series published one volume over the last 5 years.
In: Discourse in Ritual Studies
In: Human Rights and the Impact of Religion
In: Tensions within and between Religions and Human Rights
In: Empirical Theology in Texts and Tables
In: Freedom of Religion in the 21st Century


Religion plays an important role in today's multicultural society, especially when it comes to religious rights for minorities. Granting these rights stems from an endeavour to transcend a politics of tolerance, even a politics of respect, and to treat them in terms of a politics of recognition. Assigning these rights implies that some principles need to be critically reflected upon: the individualistic interpretation of minority rights, the separationist interpretation of the separation between church and state, the secularist interpretation of religious freedom, and the uniformistic interpretation of the state's legal unity. In granting minorities religious rights, one comes across the importance of their personal law, including marriage law and family law. To incorporate such personal law into the legal systems of Western society, one could apply the distinction between the domains of status demarcation, that refers to entering and belonging to a community, and property distribution, that relates to the rights and duties implicit in these social bonds. The former may be provided for by religious law, the later, by secular law. However, the question is whether marriage under religious law, and rights and duties under secular law can solve the problems women suffer from, especially in the case of polygyny.

In: Religion & Human Rights