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Asylum, Right of
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The concept of asylum (from ἄσυλος, “inviolable"), a place that is recognized as a person’s refuge in the case of necessity, was born of a system of values and religion. This system included the right to immunity for the one seeking refuge, if he or she was being sought by the authorities for some crime; and the right to receive and to protect someone in a place held to be sacred, for it was the special quality of the place which guaranteed that whoever made use of it should remain inviolable. Yet,…

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Di Berardino, Angelo, “Asylum, Right of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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