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This Advanced Introduction explores the difficulty of defining religion and the subsequent impact this has on creating laws which regulate and protect it. Taking a global comparative approach, Frank S. Ravitch guides the reader through how this unique interaction plays out in differing legal systems including in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Providing further context by contrasting specific case studies, the book provides a rounded and coherent exploration of the complexities of law in relation to religion.

p. vThis book is dedicated to my daughters Elysha and Ariana; my wife Chika; and my parents Arline and Carl, who are an inspiration and amazing examples of the best humanity can be.p. vi