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Call for Submissions: Religious Freedom in the Global South, Special Issue, 30 September

September 30

Literature on freedom of religion appears to be populated by global north perspectives, which largely dominate the mainstream discourse on religious freedom. The purpose of this special edition of the journal Religions is to create a space for contributions on religious freedom within the global south, particularly from Africa, the Arab States, Asia, Central America, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, Pacific, and South/Latin America.

In this special edition, which aims to embody an inter- and multidisciplinary approach, the following (and other) questions are invited to be explored: Do the approaches of countries in the global south to freedom of religion reflect a plurality of perspectives or do the commonalities outweigh the differences? How has history assisted in shaping the discourse on freedom of religion in global south countries? How do the legal frameworks of global south countries protect, promote or deny the right to freedom of religion, and what are the reasons for this? Is the right to freedom of religion in global south countries conceived as an individual, collective, associational and/or as a group, right? How do global south countries address potential conflicts when the right to freedom of religion undermines or is undermined by other human rights for example, sex/gender equality? To what extent, if any, do politics, religion, culture and law intersect in influencing and developing the narratives on religious freedom in the global south? Which other factors impact on how global south countries have developed their discourse on freedom of religion?

Scholars working in various disciplines in the area of religious freedom are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 500 words, which address any or all of the above questions and/or questions relating to freedom of religion in the global south that have not been included in this concept note. A focus on a single country or comparative perspectives between or among different countries is equally welcome.

Dr. Waheeda Amien
Guest Editor


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


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