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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Vietnam

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Author(s): Eva Marie Brady
I. Social Facts Vietnam has population of approximately 93,421,835. Within this population is a rich diversity of different ethnic and religious groups that live together in solidarity and are generally harmonious. The largest ethnic group in Vietnam is the Viet ( Kinh), which accounts for approximately 87% of the country’s population. In addition to the Viet ethnic group, there are 53 ethnic minorities, which generally reside in the more mountainous areas of Vietnam. Each of these different ethnic groups has its own unique culture, be…

Virgin Islands, British

(997 words)

Author(s): David McClean
I. Historical, Legal, and Social Background The British Virgin Islands, which form a British Overseas Territory, have been under British control since 1672. For the earlier part of the 20th century a unit (a “presidency”) of the Leeward Islands, the Islands became a separate colony in 1957. Formally the Virgin Islands, they are almost universally known as the British Virgin Islands (or “BVI”) to distinguish them from the adjacent US Virgin Islands. The population numbers about 30,000 of whom 85% live …

Virgin Islands, US

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