Encyclopedia of Law and Religion

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Edited by: Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham

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In recent years, issues of freedom of religion or belief and state-religion relations have become increasingly important worldwide. The Encyclopedia of Law and Religion, unique in its breadth and global coverage, provides an important foundational resource for study of these issues. The encyclopedia covers the relation between law and religion in its various aspects, including those related to the role of religion in society, the relations between religion and state institutions, freedom of religion, legal aspects of religious traditions, the interaction between law and religion, and other issues at the junction of law, religion, and state.

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I. Social Facts The Republic of Yemen is an Islamic state located on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Virtually all of its 25 million citizens are Muslim. A majority (65%) follow Sunni Islam, and the remainder adhere to the Zaydi order of Shia Islam. The Zaydi order is unique to Yemen. Various minor sects of Islam are also practiced in isolated communities, particularly in the northern regions of the country. Less than 1% of the population adheres to various other religions, including the Bahá’í faith, Hinduism, and Christianity. The country is also home…