Religion and Global Politics explores the complex interaction between faith and public life at the level of both individual societies and the global community. The book starts with a historical and theoretical overview - from the rise of religion as a political force to the establishment ofsecularism as a founding principle of the modern international system - followed by two sections. Part I focuses on the influence of specific religious traditions in various parts of the world. Part II investigates the roles that religion has played with respect to issues such as human rights, war,terrorism, conflict resolution, and globalization. Emphasizing the enduring potency of religious faith in public life, Religion and Global Politics urges readers to recognize religion as a key motivator of political action.