Religious pluralism in Italy

Reyes Sepulveda, Aira Patricia (2014) Religious pluralism in Italy. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Due to mass immigration, the religious landscape of Italy is constantly changing. Two of the religions that have acquired high visibility in Italy and are rapidly on the rise are the Orthodox Church and Islam. The main purpose of this research project is to analyse the growth of the Orthodox Church and Islam in Italy and to examine the changes to which the country has been subject to. This research project explains the establishment of Catholicism in Italy and makes reference to immigration while identifying the arrival of new faiths. Furthermore, it explains the main characteristics of Orthodoxy and Islam in Italy, focusing on the relationship between the Vatican and the State and the implications of integration in Italy. By examining current literature, this research project demonstrates how Muslims strive to gain greater visibility and public acknowledgment in Italy. The integration process is often complex and demonstrates the need for further dialogue and willingness from the State to enable structural modifications within the community, and remove legal and political obstacles which still limit the right to freedom of religion guaranteed by the Italian constitution.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:18
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16115

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