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Oliver Scharbrodt, Tuula Sakaranaho, Adil Hussain Khan, Yafa Shanneik, and Vivian Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696888

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696888.001.0001

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Religious Freedom and Muslims in Ireland1

Religious Freedom and Muslims in Ireland1

(p.139) Chapter 6 Religious Freedom and Muslims in Ireland1
Muslims in Ireland

Tuula Sakaranaho

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter discusses the particular socio-legal framework in which state interactions with Muslims in the Republic of Ireland are placed. With Ireland being one of the least secular societies in Western Europe, the impact of the traditional denominational setting of Irish social and legal culture on Muslims is examined. Governmental responses and legal changes made by the Irish state as a consequence of the religious and cultural diversification of Irish society are discussed with particular reference to Muslims. The chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the Irish state’s shifting approaches towards immigration: from the promotion of “interculturalsm” as opposed to multiculturalism to a neo-liberal regime that delegates issues of social cohesion and immigrant integration to NGOs and civil society. A close examination of the Irish Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann) discusses whether its religious ethos facilitates or prevents the legal recognition of Ireland’s increasing religious diversity.

Keywords:   religious freedom, multiculturalism, interculturalism, integration, church-state, Catholic Church, Bunreacht na hÉireann

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