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Religious pluralism
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The term religious pluralism generally describes a situation in which various religions exist “side by side” within a territorially and historically defined cultural context. With reference to the early modern period, the mere fact of a multiplicity (pluralism [2]) of religions is frequently reinterpreted to mean the postulate of positive co-existence [6] and incorporated into a globalizing perspective. Co-existence with minimal conflict presupposes a prior “deregulation of the religious marketplace” on the part of the state and a readine…

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Gladigow, Burkhard, “Religious pluralism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026579>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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