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Burmese Buddhist Politics  

Matthew J. Walton

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Oct 2015
This article looks thematically at several important aspects of Buddhist politics in Myanmar, from the precolonial period to the present. It considers a number of arguments regarding the ... More

Christianity and Torture  

Karen L. King

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter considers the religious justifications for and against torture. It also describes the torturous narratives at Christianity's foundations, the notion of redemptive martyrdom, ... More

Clergy and American Politics  

Laura R. Olson

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Aug 2009
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Jan 2010
This article observes the central currents in the literature on politics and clergy. The first section centers on charting a short historical map of scholarship on clergy and politics. It ... More

Gay Affections  

Gerard P. Loughlin

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter considers how gay identities—and so gay affections—were formed in the course of the twentieth century, building on the late nineteenth-century invention of the ‘homosexual’. ... More

Halacha and Law  

B. S. Jackson, B. Lifshitz, Alyssa M. Gray, and Daniel B. Sinclair

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
The academic study of ‘halacha’, like its traditional study in the yeshiva, is far broader than the study of ‘Jewish law’. The halacha, in both its scope and concerns, goes well beyond the ... More

Hinduism  

Mandakranta Bose

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2014
In confronting questions of the origin of existence, asserting belief in an ultimate spiritual source of phenomena, and striving for a relationship between it and human beings, Hindu ... More

HIV/AIDS  

Mary Jo Iozzio

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter examines how sex figures in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and how the pandemic may be understood in the light of God’s extravagance and hope for the future. Sex is one of those gifts ... More

Human Rights Law  

David H. Jones

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article assesses the aftereffects of the Holocaust on human rights law. Addressing the so-called ‘promise of Nuremberg’, which began in 1945 with the Charter of the International ... More

Intersex and Transgender People  

Susannah Cornwall

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
Intersex and transgender are discrete issues and should not be conflated. However, both phenomena, and the experiences of both groups of people, demonstrate the limitations of existing ... More

Islam  

Asma Barlas

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
This chapter analyses the Qur’an’s position on theology, sexuality, and gender, with the intent of challenging readings of Islam as a patriarchy. It illustrates that missing from Islam’s ... More

Jewish Political Ethics in America  

Jill Jacobs

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter examines Jewish political ethics as it has emerged in the American setting. Unlike virtually all the places where Jews have lived throughout history, American Jews are ... More

Jewish Political Ethics in Israel  

Reuven Hammer

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter addresses the following questions: Who is a Jew to qualify for immediate citizenship under Israel's Law of Return? Who may be married or buried as a Jew? How can Israel be ... More

Judaism  

Ronit Irshai

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Nov 2014
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May 2015
This article examines the hitherto unquestioned consensus in Judaic studies that Judaism embraces a positive attitude towards sexuality. Grounded in the new scholarly trends of cultural ... More

Judaism and Criminal Justice  

Laurie L. Levenson

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter explores Jewish criminal justice, first discussing the rationales that make punishment moral and not just an exercise of sovereign power. It then addresses capital punishment, ... More

Just War and Legal Restraints  

John Kelsay

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter offers an older notion of just war, particularly as it developed in relation to the changing place of Christianity in Europe and North America. The just war idea presents a ... More

Lesbians  

Lisa Isherwood

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
This essay is situated within the sexual theologies discipline—that is, it will not consider what theology has said about lesbians. It will rather engage with what lesbian experience has ... More

Religion and Judicial Politics  

Paul J. Wahlbeck

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Aug 2009
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Jan 2010
This article provides an overview of the existing political science literature. The literature is used as a background for formulating answers to several questions. It reviews the ... More

Religiously Motivated Violence in the Abortion Debate  

Julie Ingersoll

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which concentrates on the North American Christian case in investigating the role of violence in the religious controversy about abortion, assesses the religiously ... More

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