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Why do secular states pursue different policies toward religion? This book provides a generalizable argument about the impact of ideological struggles on the public policy making process, as well as a state-religion regimes index of 197 countries. More specifically, it analyzes why American state policies are largely tolerant of religion, whereas French and Turkish policies generally prohibit its public visibility, as seen in their bans on Muslim headscarves. In the United States, the dominant ideology is 'passive ...

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    • Title: Secularism and State Policies Toward Religion by Ahmet T. Kuru
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Print ISBN: 9780521517805, 052151780X
    • eText ISBN: 9780511530647
    • Edition: 2009 1st edition
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