religion and law

Kirsch, Thomas G. & Bertram Turner (eds) 2009. Permutations of Order: Religion and Law as Contested Sovereignties. London: Routledge.

“A rewarding collection of anthropological essays that illuminates the complex struggles taking place over the drawing of the boundaries between the religious and the secular all over the world and the protean role which law plays both as authority and as field of contestation. Anybody interested in understanding the shifting terrains of our emerging post-secular global (dis-)order should read this book.”

José Casanova, Georgetown University, USA

“This book is an important contribution to a new generation of interdisciplinary law and religion scholarship. The authors of these very diverse essays aim to burst the constraints of legal doctrine’s narrow analytic categories and view both law and religion as ever-changing and sharply contested realms of metaphor, meaning, and practice. The richly contextualized studies featured in this volume reveal the many ways in which law and religion have come to interact during an age of rapid global reproduction, diffusion, and change.”