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    Religion, Law, and Society in Myanmar

    Religion, Law, and Society in Myanmar

    Volume 13, No. 4, Winter 2015

    The winter 2015 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs is a special issue on “Religion, Law, and Society in Myanmar.” This timely collection offers research articles and thoughtful commentaries by a highly distinguished array of scholars and practitioners, including Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Susan Hayward, Matthew Walton, Daw Khin Mar Mar Kyi, and many more. The issue was among the featured readings used in the December 2015 Religion and Rule of Law Certificate Training Program co-sponsored by IGE and the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Yangon, Myanmar.

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    RFIA Fall 2015 Issue

    RFIA Fall 2015 Issue

    Volume 13, No. 3, Fall 2015

    UNICEF estimates that 140 million girls will marry early (under the age of 18) in the next decade. Especially when marriage takes place very early (well below the age of 18), it profoundly affects a girl’s life through lowering her education and earnings prospects, and increasing the risk of health complications, psychological problems, and intimate partner violence. The Fall 2015 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs is a theme issue examining the causes of child marriage and effective responses. Via a partnership with the World Bank, this issue is entirely free online (open-access).

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    RFIA Summer 2015 Issue

    RFIA Summer 2015 Issue

    Volume 13, No. 2, Summer 2015

    The summer 2015 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs features rigorous yet accessible research and analysis on several timely topics. Two articles—one by Brian Grim on links between religious diversity and economic growth in China, and one by Robert Weller on global religious change and civil life in Taiwan and Jiangsu—derive from a conference last fall co-sponsored by the journal and the Center for Faith & Inquiry at Gordon College. Other topics addressed in this issue include terrorist mobilization in the Chechen and Uighur cases (Sarah Cornelison), religious engagement and Italian foreign policy (Fabio Petito and Scott Thomas), the Arab Spring and the “Shiite Crescent” (Cenap Cakmak), religion and reproductive health in Ghana (Jill Olivier and Quentin Wodon), and embezzlement in the global Christian community (Todd Johnson et al).

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    Public Order & Public Morality: Uses & Abuses of the Legal Limits on Free Speech & Religious Liberty

    Public Order & Public Morality: Uses & Abuses of the Legal Limits on Free Speech & Religious Liberty

    Volume 13, No. 1, Spring 2015

    In human rights declarations and law, both at the national and international level, the human rights to free speech and religious freedom are usually granted strong—but not absolute protection. Exceptions to the protections are allowed on grounds of preserving essential “public order” (ordre public) and “public morality.” Today these exceptions are being interpreted in sharply divergent ways in different parts of the world. Increasingly they are invoked as rationalizations for severe limitations on these critically important liberties.  The spring 2015 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs examines the theoretical foundations and the contemporary uses and abuses of the “public order” and “public morality” exceptions to free speech and religious liberty.

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