Table of Contents

Contributors.
Preface.
Introduction: Living Together Differently, Education, and the Challenge of Deep Pluralism - Adam Seligman.
1. Teaching Religion in the European Union: A Legal Overview - Silvio Ferrari.
2. Religion and Ethical Education in Divided Societies: The Case of Cyprus - Dilek Latif.
3. Teaching Religion in Bulgarian Schools; Historical Experience and Post-Atheist Developments - Maria Schnitter & Daniela Kalkandjieva.
4. The Vanishing State: Religious Education and Intolerance in French Jewish Schools - Kimberly Arkin.
5. The Crises of Liberal Citizenship: Religion and Education in Israel - Shlomo Fischer.
6. Secularism(s), Islam, and Education in Turkey: Towards E Pluribus Unum? - Ahmet Kuru.
7. Walking the Tightrope: Prospects for Civil Education and Multiculturalism in "Ketuanon Melayu" Malaysia - Joseph Liow.
8. Educating Citizens in America: The Paradoxes of Difference and Democracy - Ashley Berner and James D. Hunter.
9. Afterword - Adam Seligman.
Index. Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism, edited by Adam B. Seligman, offers a comparative analysis of religious education and state policies toward religious education in seven different countries and in the European Union as a whole. Most of the countries studied have not been presented previously in the English-speaking world. The comparative contextualization of the different cases studied here-Muslim majority, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, and secular (or laic)-is also new. The book simply and directly challenges a major question through different studies-the question of religious education acting as a vehicle for civic enculturation and the creation of ties of belonging and meaningful solidarity across different ethnic and religious communities in the contemporary world. In many of the countries studied, the state and the program of state making were associated with one religio-ethnic community. The question remains if religious education that privileges a particular religious community can also provide a common blueprint and shared terms of meaning for members of different communities. This is the challenge faced by such countries as Bulgaria, Israel, Malaysia, and in a slightly different way (facing not religious diversity, but ethnic difference), Turkey. The case of Cyprus, by contrast, is one of a country actually split along lines of ethno-religious difference. Additional studies of the connection between religious education and the terms of citizenship in the European Union, France, and the United States provide important contrasts to the challenges facing us as we seek to educate our citizenry in an age of religious resurgence and global politics.