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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I. Social Facts Zimbabwe is a multi-ethnic country with an estimated total population of 13 million people (ZimStat, 2012). The major ethnic groups are the Shona and Ndebele speaking peoples. The Shona people constitute 82% whilst the Ndebele make up 14% of the total population. Other minority groups constitute 4% of the total population (Index Mundi, 2013). It must be noted, however, that there are no official statistics on religious demography in the country with the available statistics being based on estimates. According to the Index Mundi (2013),…