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Ceylon/Sri Lanka

Ceylon/Sri Lanka

The Politics of Religious Freedom and the End of Empire

(p.149) Chapter Thirteen Ceylon/Sri Lanka
Politics of Religious Freedom
Benjamin Schonthal
University of Chicago Press

This essay examines the religion provisions of the constitution of Ceylon/Sri Lanka on the cusp of the country’s independence from Britain. Schonthal problematizes the presumption that religious freedom stands outside of struggles for power by presenting the specific historical conditions in which particular and partial conceptions of religious rights jostled for authority at a formative moment in modern Sri Lankan history.

Keywords:   Ceylon, Sri Lanka, religious freedom, constitution(s), religion and law, comparative constitutionalism

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