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Heritage at the InterfaceInterpretation and Identity$
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Glenn Hooper

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056579

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056579.001.0001

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Religious Cultural Heritage

Religious Cultural Heritage

The Law and Politics of Conservation, Iconoclasm, and Identity

(p.121) 8 Religious Cultural Heritage
Heritage at the Interface

Lucas Lixinski

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores some of the convergences and divergences between religion and cultural heritage and international law’s place in attempting to mediate these tensions. I argue that, in the event of conflict, heritage values tend to prevail over religious ones, at least inasmuch as heritage is a proxy for secularism and cosmopolitanism, whereas religion can still be seen as a slippery slope toward fundamentalism and division. Thus, privileging religion is incompatible with a worldview of peace and dialogue among nations, which international law tends to privilege.

Keywords:   Secularism, Cultural heritage, Cosmopolitanism, International law

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