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Regulating Religion in Asia


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lntroduction: regulating religion in Asia: Part I. Theorizing Regulation: 1. Regulatory markers Arif A. Jamal; 2. Conceptualizing the regulation of religion Jaclyn L. Neo; 3. The role of authority and sanctity in state-religion conflicts Shai Wozner and Gilad Abiri; 4. Jurisdictional vs. official control: regulating the Buddhist Sangha South and Southeast Asia Ben Schontal; 5. Defining and regulating religion in early independent Indonesia Kevin Fogg; Part II. Regulating Religion: State Practice and Legal Norms: 6. Principled pluralism, relational constitutionalism and regulating religion within Singapore's secular democratic model Thio Li-ann; 7. Legal regulation of religion in Vietnam Bui Ngoc Son; 8. Regulating Buddhism in Myanmar: the case of deviant Buddhist sects Nyi Nyi Kyaw; 9. The bureaucratization of religious education in the Islamic Republic of Iran Mirjam Kunkler; 10. Managing religious competition in China: case study of regulating social and charitable service provisions by religious organizations Jianlin Chen and Loveday J. Liu; Part III. Challenges to State Regulation: 11. Regulating religion through administrative law: religious conversion in Malaysia beyond fundamental rights Matthew Nelson and Dian Shah; 12. Legal pluralism, patronage secularism and the challenge of prophetic Christianity in Singapore Daniel Goh; 13. Equality in secularism: contemporary debates on social stratification and the Indian constitution Mohsin Alam; 14. Regulating the state and the Hawza: legal pluralism and the ironies of Shi'i law Haider Hamoudi.

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Examines how law regulates religion and explores the influence of world religions on the legal systems in Asia.

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Jaclyn L. Neo is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She specializes in constitutional law, human rights law, and comparative constitutional law and religion. She is the sole editor of a recently published volume on Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (2016) and has been a guest editor for special issues in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, the Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Journal of Law, Religion, and State. Her articles have been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. Arif A. Jamal is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). He serves on the Executive Committee of NUS's Centre for Asian Legal Studies and as an Editor with the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. His research and teaching interests include legal and political theory, law and religion and law in Muslim contexts. Arif's publications are forthcoming or have appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and the Journal of Law, Religion and State. His most recent book is Islam, Law and the Modern State: (Re)imagining Liberal Theory in Muslim Contexts (2018). Daniel P. S. Goh is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He specializes in comparative-historical sociology and studies state formation, race and multiculturalism, Asian urbanisms, and religion, and has published over forty articles on these subjects in journals and books. He has edited and co-edited several books, including Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore (2009), Worlding Multiculturalisms: The Politics of Inter-Asian Dwelling (2014), Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (2017), and Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity: Past and Present (2017).

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