Preface by Ellen Laipson
October 28, 2019
Governments will continue to search for the right balance between regulating religious activity for the common good while permitting freedom of worship and accepting the independence of faith communities. Too much government control weakens the legitimacy of religious leaders, but too little can undermine the capacity of the state to provide security for all its citizens. Project director Haim Malka and contributing authors Alex Thurston, Richard Downie, and Sebastian Elischer have provided deeply illuminating studies that show how hard it is to find that balance.
This chapter is part of Faith in the Balance: Regulating Religious Affairs in Africa.