Encyclopedia of Law and Religion

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Edited by: Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham

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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Cyprus

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Author(s): Achilles Emilianides
I. Social Facts The population residing in the government-controlled areas of Cyprus amounts to about 850,000 in total. An additional 250,000 people reside in the areas not controlled by the Republic of Cyprus as a result of the 1974 Turkish occupation. However, the more than 100,000 settlers from Turkey residing in the occupied areas are not included in any estimate of the population. The actual number of Turkish Cypriots residing in the areas not controlled by the Republic of Cyprus is also diffi…

Czech Republic

(5,604 words)

Author(s): Jiří Rajmund Tretera | Záboj Horák
I. Social Facts The Czech Republic consists of the territories of three historic Czech lands: Bohemia, Moravia, and southern parts of Silesia. Nowadays it is a unitary state using one legal system. The membership of religious communities is governed by their statutes. There is no state provision for the registration of their members. There are 36 registered religious communities in the Czech Republic (2013). About 80% of the members of religious communities belong to the Roman Catholic Church. According to the Czech Bishops’ Conference, 3,887,400 …