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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Norfolk Island

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See Australian External Territories (Ashmore and Cartier Island, Christmas Island, Cocos [Keeling] Islands, Norfolk Island). Not Specified Bibliography  

Northern Cyprus

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Author(s): Emre Öktem
I. Social Facts The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ( Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti) (TRNC) comprises the northeastern part of the island of Cyprus. It declared its independence in 1983 and has been recognized internationally since then only by Turkey. In 2011, Turkish Cypriots numbered 295,000, 98% of whom are Sunni Muslim. Around 10,000 immigrant workers and 3,000 settlers from Turkey are Alevis, and there are also small numbers of followers of other denominations of Islam. There are approximately 330 members of the autocephalo…

Northern Mariana Islands

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Author(s): Ingvill Thorson Plesner
I. Social Facts The particular role of Christian traditions and the Christian majority church in Norwegian society is expressed in official national symbols like the flag, the national anthem referring to “God”, and national holidays following the Christian calendar. One may argue that these factors first and foremost reflect the role of Christian traditions in national history and in the civil society as exponents and elements of a national identity or at least as expressions of the majority cultu…