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The Wheel of Law
Author: Gary J. Jacobsohn

ISBN: 9780691122533
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 27 February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.0
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How can religious liberty be guaranteed in societies where religion pervades everyday life? In "The Wheel of Law," Gary Jacobsohn addresses this dilemma by examining the constitutional development of secularism in India within an unprecedented cross-national framework that includes Israel and the United States. He argues that a country's particular constitutional theory and practice must be understood within its social and political context. The experience of India, where religious life is in profound tension with secular democratic commitment, offers a valuable perspective not only on questions of jurisprudence and political theory arising in countries where religion permeates the fabric of society, but also on the broader task of ensuring religious liberty in constitutional polities.

India's social structure is so entwined with religion, Jacobsohn emphasizes, that meaningful social reform presupposes state intervention in the spiritual domain. Hence India's "ameliorative" model of secular constitutionalism, designed to ameliorate the disabling effects of the caste system and other religiously based practices. Jacobsohn contrasts this...

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