Religion and Global Politics

Paperback | March 8, 2012

byPaul S. Rowe

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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.

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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 mode...

Paul S. Rowe is Associate Professor in Political Studies and Coordinator of International Studies at Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC, Canada. Dr. Rowe grew up in Canada and completed undergraduate and master's work at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University. He completed his PhD in Political Science at McGill U...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.58 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Theoretical OverviewA New Beginning?Religion in the Pre-modern International SystemThe Post-Westphalian System and the Secularization of Global PoliticsModernization and SecularizationCritiques of SecularizationPerspectives on the Politics of Ethnicity and ReligionTaking Culture SeriouslyResponses to Globalization9/11 and AfterUnderstanding Religion: Definitions and DirectionsReligion and Global Politics: A SurveyPart I: Religion and the Domestic Bases of State and Foreign Policy2. The Roman Catholic ChurchA Brief History of Christianity and the Roman Catholic ChurchThe Modernizing Church: Changes under Vatican IIThe Church and the Vatican TodayLiberation TheologyResponses to Liberation TheologyA Diversity of Political MovementsThe Church under Benedict XVI3. Christianity and US PoliticsThe 'City upon a Hill': Competing Themes in US PoliticsReligion in American Public Life: A Historic PerspectiveThe Twentieth Century and 'Social Christianity'Christianity and the US 'Mission' in the World: The Cold WarStreams of Christian ActivismThe Rise of the 'Religious Right'Onward Christian Soldiers?Seeds of a Middle WayOther Religions and US Politics4. Judaism, Zionism, and Israeli PoliticsA Brief History of ZionismDimensions of Zionism to 1948Political and Ethnic Divisions in the State of Israel'Greater Israel'The Settler Movement and the Rise of Israeli RevisionismThe Rise of ShasReligious Parties and Coalition PoliticsThe Wider Coalition: Christian Zionism5. Political Islam and the StateIntroduction to IslamThe Fusion of Islam and Politics: A Contentious DebateThe Medieval and Colonial AgesThe Birth of Modern Islamic ActivismRevolutions and Revivalism: Islamism to the 1980sThe Crucible of Radicalization: Afghanistan, bin Laden, and Militant JihadIslamism Today: Democrats and DemagoguesThe Sunni-Shi'i Divide6. Religion and Politics in IndiaWhat Is Hinduism?Hinduism, Islam, and Indian IndependenceThe Rise of Hindu NationalismSikh and Hindu Nationalist Movements in the 1980sThe Ayodhya Incident and the Rise of the BJPHindutva, Foreign Policy, and the Issue of KashmirFlashpoints and Pressures: The Continuing Problem of Interreligious Relations7. Buddhism and PoliticsBuddhism's Rise and Eclipse in IndiaThe Basic Tenets and Vehicles of BuddhismSri Lanka: Buddhism Betrayed?Buddhism in East and Southeast Asia: Protest and PeaceTibetan Nationalism: Unattainable Nirvana?Part II: Religion and Global Order8. Religion, Democracy, and Human RightsReligion and the Expansion of Liberal DemocracyHuman Rights and Constraints on Religious FreedomReligions, Human Rights, and DemocracyReligion in International Human RightsReligion and Human Rights in PracticeReligious Freedom and the Politics of Human Rights9. Religion and War'Religious' Wars of the PastReligion and War in the Modern WorldThe Just War TraditionThe Tradition of War in IslamHimsa and Ahimsa Traditions in Hinduism and BuddhismReligion and Terrorism10. Religion and Conflict ResolutionReligious Resources for Conflict ResolutionReligious Activism in Support of Conflict ResolutionReligion as Interested ObserverReligion as PeacemakerReligion as ProtagonistReligion as Peace11. Transnational Religion, Globalization, and DevelopmentReligion and GlobalizationThe Influence of Transnational Organization: Global Religious NetworksReligion, the Media, and the Global Political SphereMigration, Religion, and IntegrationReligion and DevelopmentA Divided World? Notions of Division Based on Religion and Civilization12. Conclusion: Religion in a 'Secular' Age?The Rise and Decline of the Secular StateA Secular Age?Hostility or Hospitality?

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"A book like this is a fine balancing act. . . . This [one] does it very well." --Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa