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date: 23 February 2019

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It is sometimes assumed that once enshrined in a Constitution, Bill of Rights, or United Nations Declaration, human rights will be protected. Ranging widely across different religious traditions and branches within those traditions – Hindu, Islamic, and Christian – this article examines in particular the lack of fit that can exist between state law that guarantees human rights and religious law or custom, examples being freedom of belief and worship and the right to choose one's partner. The importance of this field of research increases with the emergence on the back of globalisation of ever-more religiously diverse societies and new forms of religious pluralism.

Keywords: United Nations Declaration, state law, human rights, Bill of Rights, religious law, religious pluralism

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