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): John Gibbons
I. Social Facts To understand Uzbekistan’s religious freedom situation, one must understand that 93% of Uzbekistan’s citizens are Muslim (mostly Sunni), 4% are Russian Orthodox, and the remaining 3% are Roman Catholic, Korean Christian, Baptist, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Evangelical Christian, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist, Bahá’í, Hare Krishna, Jewish, or atheist (US State Dept., 2013, 1-2). US estimates indicate that 80% of Uzbekistan’s citizens are ethnic Uzbeks, following by 5…