Rex Ahdar is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Otago, where he has taught since 1985. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley in 1991. His current teaching embraces: Competition Law, Contract Law, and Law and Religion. His research interests include Competition Law and Policy, Church-State Relations, and Religious Freedom. Ian Leigh is Professor of Law at Durham University. His previous experience includes appointments at several UK universities, together with a period as a solicitor in local government, and visiting appointments at the universities of Otago, Florida, Virginia, Melbourne, and at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Review from previous edition: This book is, without doubt, a terrific contribution on a very topical subject. Its strength is mainly in the excellent blend of philosophical, legal, rational and religious arguments in masterfully discussing the issues covered throughout the book and the rich resource of footnote references and selected bibliography provided in that regard. The book is definitely recommended reading for those interested in a critique of the traditional liberal theories and a religious perspective to the discourse on religious liberty in modern liberal states. Mashood A. Baderin, E. H. R. L. R. Issue 3, 2006 This is a very good book...[t]he range of material worked together by the authors is truly impressive, and as a result the book represents an invaluable vade-mecum to the debates of recent decades, at least as far as the English-speaking world is concerned. It must now be the first point of reference on questions of law and religion in this country. Julian Rivers, University of Bristol ...there is no doubt that the book has very substantial merits. The authors are meticulous legal scholars, but also impressively proficient in political philosophy and theology, amongst other disciplines. Their accomplished text will deservedly appear at the top of many reading lists in the next few years. Colin Munro, Ecclesiastical Law Journal ...learned, reasonable, clearly-thought-through, and well-grounded. Nick Spencer, Theos, ...learned, reasonable, clearly-thought-through, and well-grounded. Nick Spencer, Theos this edition fully lives up to the standard set by the first one. It is not only a comprehensive survey of the area but it also provides a gentle but scholarly critique of some liberal theories which would displace religion altogether from having a place in public argument. John Duddington, Law and Justice