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Religious Minority-Majority Relations

A religious majority may be constituted by its numerical preponderance or by its dominant power, or both. Normally talk of religious majority-minority relations concerns relations between different religious communities, but in many modern societies, it is also salient to consider majority-minority relations between religious and secular constituencies.

Majoritarian status fluctuates not only over time but also by geographical scale. As globalization has progressed and religious groups and individuals have become linked by high-speed global communication networks, a religious minority on a local or national scale may also be a majority at a larger scale. For example, in Denmark, Muslims are a minority, but on a global scale, they greatly outnumber Danish Christians and secularists. When Danish Muslims were offended by the publication of insulting cartoons of ...

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