The varieties of religious repression why governments restrict religion ani sarkissian examines the global phenomenon of increasing non violent restrictions on religion. Religious repression defined as the nonviolent suppression of civil and political rights is a growing global phenomenon but one that has not received as much attention as violent religious persecution. The varieties of religious repression why governments restrict religion by ani sarkissian oxford oxford university press 2015 264 pp 2995 cloth ani sarkissian contributes to the literature on nondemocratic regimes in her new book investigating why governments repress religion using 16 . Accordingly chapters 1 and 2 introduce key concepts like religion rights and repression ending in an exposition of the varieties of religious repression then in chapter 3 sarkissian treats state repression of all religious groups without exception. My book the varieties of religious repression why governments restrict religion asks the question why do some nondemocratic countries repress religion while others do not comparing 101 nondemocratic countries from around the globe from 1990 to 2010 i explain why these states vary in their policies toward religion and how understanding
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