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This inaugural issue of the International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS) is opening the floor for the scientific debate of democratic governance in multireligious societies. The contributions collected in this inaugural issue address a variety of issues related to the main theme of religious pluralism under conditions of contemporary social transformations. These include the analysis of the relation of religious values and human rights, the study of patterns of social integration in modern societies and their effect on religious identities, and the formulation of public policies aimed at managing religious diversity. Whereas the disciplinary background of all contributions is the sociology of religion, especially its theoretical field, the inaugural issue offers a broad perspective on the main theme and thus a starting point for further interdisciplinary discussion.
Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:
Koenig, Matthias. Editorial. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 1999, vol. 1, no.1, pp. 1-1. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol1/issue1/ed