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Democratic and Inclusive Religious Education in the Secular State – The Case of Sweden
Gothenburg University,Göteborgs universitet,Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk profession,Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies.
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI). Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS). Malmö University, Disciplinary literacy and inclusive teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7476-0895
2023 (English)In: Human Rights and the Separation of State and Religion: International Case Studies / [ed] Anthony, F-V. & Ziebertz, H-G, Springer Netherlands, 2023, p. 217-232Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

How can a secular democratic state inform its fundamental values to migrants with past affiliation in societies marked by religious norms and values? In Sweden, migrants are offered a (non-compulsory) course in civic orientation. Research has shown a need for professionalization of this type of education. A dimension of professionalization can, we urge, be described in terms of religious literacy. The development of a course in civic orientation, where norms and values are discussed with respect to human rights, presupposes that methods are developed to draw attention to the complexity, and the ambiguity, of relations between religious and secular ethical positions. Teachers need knowledge of religiously motivated beliefs in ethical issues and of ways in which these are made visible in the multidimensional practice of lived religion. Sweden, perceived as a highly secular country, has taken in many migrants from countries with traditional religious values. Through interviews, the Institute for Future Studies has identified some areas where religiosity is one parameter for the way these people rethink ethically relevant perceptions. These are values of self-determination and the individual’s own choices – such as abortion, divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality, and with those contiguous rights that are perceived as non-negotiable in the secular democratic discourse. This chapter analyses the secular state’s mission to inform new arrivals about democratic values in relation to human rights in the Swedish discourse. The analysis is based on a multidimensional understanding of the concept of religious literacy, with reference to a discussion about the distinction between having a right to live with or without religion. One aim is to explore challenges and opportunities to discern in the current discourse how religion can contribute to the development of the secular state and how secular value teaching can contribute to the development of religious approaches to human rights.

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Springer Netherlands, 2023. p. 217-232
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Religion and Human Rights (REHU), ISSN 2510-4306, E-ISSN 2510-4314 ; Volume 10
Keywords [en]
Religion in secular democracies. citizenship education, inclusion social and cultural literacy, religious literacy, religious diversity, non-denominational religious education, democratic religious education
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Religious Studies Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64620ISBN: 978-3-031-33997-4 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-34000-0 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-33998-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-64620DiVA, id: diva2:1821270
Available from: 2023-12-19 Created: 2023-12-19 Last updated: 2023-12-19Bibliographically approved

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