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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Author(s): Christian Nsabimana Garuka
I. Social Facts According to the latest Population and Housing Census, carried out in 2012, the Rwandan population is estimated to be 10,537,222. Unlike the previous population census carried out in 2002, which provided statistics in terms of religion, the latest census does not provide such statistics. Nevertheless, it is evident that Rwanda remains a predominantly Christian country in which it is estimated that over 90% of the population is Christian and about 5% Muslim. Prior to the 1994 genocide, over 60% of the population was Catholic, …