PO 812 State-Church Relations in Modern Europe (Fall: 3)
Freedom of worship is a signature characteristic of democratic states, and
yet governments have often had an uneasy relationship with organized religion.
This seminar examines the evolution of policies and institutions that have
accommodated and regulated religious exercise in Western Europe from the
nineteenth century to the present, with some comparisons made to the United
States. The central case studies include the Catholic Church, Jewish communities,
and Islam in the West. Readings will reflect on processes of secularization,
the separation of church and state, the emancipation of religious minorities,
and the development of state-church relations with minority religious communities.
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