Religion, Education and Human Rights

Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

  • Anders Sjöborg
  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz

Part of the Religion and Human Rights book series (REHU, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Katarzyna Zielińska, Marcin K. Zwierżdżyński
    Pages 11-30
  3. Saila Poulter, Arniika Kuusisto, Mia Malama, Arto Kallioniemi
    Pages 49-61
  4. Olga Schihalejev, Ringo Ringvee
    Pages 63-76
  5. Dan-Erik Andersson
    Pages 91-100
  6. Victoria Enkvist
    Pages 101-111
  7. Hans-Georg Ziebertz, Alexander Unser, Susanne Döhnert, Anders Sjöborg
    Pages 139-164
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 205-212

About this book


This book examines the interconnectedness between religion, education, and human rights from an international perspective using an interdisciplinary approach. It deals with compulsory or secondary school education in different contexts, as well as higher education, and has as its common theme the multiplicity of secularisms in different national contexts. Presenting rich cases, the contributions include empirical and theoretical perspectives on how international trends of migration and cultural diversity, as well as judicialization of social and political processes, and rapid religious and social changes come into play as societies find their way in an increasingly diverse context. The book contains chapters that present case studies on how confessional or non-confessional Religious Education (RE) at schools in different societal contexts is related to the concept of universal human rights. It presents cases studies that display an intriguing array of problems that point to the role of religion in the public sphere and show that historical contexts play important and different roles. Other contributions deal with higher education, where one questions how human rights as a concept and as discourse is taught and examines whether withdrawing from certain clinical training when in university education to become a medical doctor or a midwife on the grounds of conscientious objections can be claimed as a human right. From a judicial point of view one chapter discerns the construction of the concept of religion in the Swedish Education Act, in relation to the Swedish constitution as well European legislation. Finally, an empirical study comparing data from young people in six different countries in three continents investigates factors that explain attitudes towards human rights. 


Clinical Health Care Education Conscientious Objection European Convention of Human Rights European Court of Human Rights Freedom of Religion Margin of Appreciation Religious Education Religious Minorities Reproductive Health Care Right to Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Anders Sjöborg
    • 1
  • Hans-Georg Ziebertz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of TheologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Institute of Practical TheologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54068-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54069-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-4306
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-4314
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