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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Ghana

(4,682 words)

Author(s): David Kwao-Sarbah
I. Social Facts In Ghana there are three major religions: Christianity, Islam, and traditional religions. Practitioners of these religions constitute about 94% of the population of Ghana. The most dominant of these is Christianity with 71.2%, followed by Islam with 17.6% and the traditional religions with 5.2% (Ghana Statistical Service, 2010). Within the three religions, practitioners further identify with separate denominations distinguished by doctrinal differences. Christianity can be broadly c…

Gibraltar

(1,548 words)

Author(s): David McClean
I. Historical, Legal, and Social Background Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, has been a British possession since the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713. British sovereignty is disputed by Spain, but a proposal for shared Anglo-Spanish sovereignty was rejected in a referendum in 2002, 98.48% voting against. Gibraltar is part of the European Union, so the anti-discrimination legislation of the EU is applicable in Gibraltar. The population was officially estimated as 29,752 in 2012. In the 2001 census, 78.1% of the population were Roman Catholics and 7% Anglican…