Religion, Politics, Society, and the State

Paperback | July 15, 2012

EditorJonathan Fox

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This book focuses on the role of religion in politics in several distinctive ways. Most books on religion and politics tend to have a narrow focus - usually on a single country or region or, alternatively, on a limited aspect of religion's influence on politics such as secularism, conflict,terror, or state policy. This book, in contrast, takes a wider perspective. First, and perhaps most importantly, it recognizes and emphasizes that religion interacts with politics on multiple levels. These influences may be divided into the influence of the state and the influence of society onpolitics. Second, this volume covers multiple countries in major world regions. The chapters cover the United States, Israel, Turkey, North Africa, and Western Europe, and two chapters include information from the entire world.Although this book will be of interest to scholars, its wide coverage of different topics, relevant theories, and different world regions also makes it excellent as a textbook for a survey course on religion and politics. All of the contributors have published extensively in prominent refereedjournals on the topic of religion and politics, adding to the scholarly authoritativeness of the volume and its desirability as a textbook written by recognized experts.

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This book focuses on the role of religion in politics in several distinctive ways. Most books on religion and politics tend to have a narrow focus - usually on a single country or region or, alternatively, on a limited aspect of religion's influence on politics such as secularism, conflict,terror, or state policy. This book, in contras...

Jonathan Fox (Ph.D. Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 1997) is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He specializes in the intersection between religion and multiple social and political phenomena, including state religion policy, conflict, and international relations.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsJonathan Fox: Introduction1. Benyamin Neuberger: Cooperation between Church and State in Liberal Democracies2. Jonathan Fox and Deborah Flores: Religious Freedom in Constitutions and Law: A Study in Discrepancies3. Roger Finke and Jaime Dean Harris: Wars and Rumors of Wars: Explaining Religiously Motivated Violence4. Jeffrey Haynes: Religion and Democracy: The Case of the AKP in Turkey5. Stuart A. Cohen: Religion as a Nation-Binder and Nation-Divider: Interpersonal Relationships in the Israel Defense Forces6. Marie A. Eisenstein: The Theory and the Practice of Political Tolerance in U.S. Society7. Yehudit Ronen: Radical Islam versus the Nation-State: Violent Conflicts in Northeast Africa and the Nile Valley8. Faydra L. Shapiro: Taming Tehran: Evangelical Christians and the Iranian Threat to Israel9. Nukhet A. Sandal: Churches in "Troubles": A Knowledge-Based Analysis of Clergy Involvement in ConflictJonathan Fox: ConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Contributors