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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

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

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056579.003.0009

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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