Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Paperback | March 13, 2012

EditorTimothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, Monica Duffy Toft

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In recent years, the role of religion in the study and conduct of international affairs has become increasingly important. Rethinking Religion and World Affairs seeks to question and remedy the problematic neglect of religion in extant scholarship. Drawing on the work of leading scholars aswell as policy makers and analysts, this volume will form the first comprehensive and authoritative guide to the interconnections of religion and global politics. These essays grapple with puzzles, issues and questions concerning religion and world affairs in six major areas. Contributors critically revisit the "secularization thesis," which proclaimed the steady erosion of religion's public presence as an effect of modernization; explore the relationshipbetween religion, democracy, and the juridico-political discourse of human rights; assess the role of religion in fomenting, ameliorating, and redressing violent conflict; and consider the value of religious beliefs, actors, and institutions to the delivery of humanitarian aid and the fostering ofsocio-economic development. Later chapters address the representation of religion in the expanding global media landscape, the unique place of religion in American foreign policy, and the dilemmas it presents. Rethinking Religion and World Affairs will become an invaluable resource for professional and emerging scholars, journalists, policy makers, diplomats, and others concerned in their personal or professional capacities with religion and international affairs.

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In recent years, the role of religion in the study and conduct of international affairs has become increasingly important. Rethinking Religion and World Affairs seeks to question and remedy the problematic neglect of religion in extant scholarship. Drawing on the work of leading scholars aswell as policy makers and analysts, this volum...

Timothy Samuel Shah is Associate Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University. Alfred Stephan is Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University. Monica Duffy Toft is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsTimothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft: Editors' Introduction: Religion and World Affairs: Blurring the BoundariesPart 1: Religion, Secularism, and Secularization1. J. Bryan Hehir: Why Religion? Why Now?2. Jos. Casanova: Rethinking Public Religions3. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd: The Politics of SecularismPart 2: Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights4. Alfred Stepan: Religion, Democracy, and the "Twin Tolerations": Reconciling Political Freedom and Religious Autonomy5. Rajeev Bhargava: How Should States Deal with Deep Religious Diversity: Can Anything Be Learnt from the Indian Model of Secularism?6. Robert W. Hefner: Rethinking Islam and Democracy7. John Witte, Jr. and M. Christian Green: Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human RightsPart 3: Religion, Conflict, and Peacemaking8. Monica Duffy Toft: Religion, Terrorism, and Civil Wars9. Daniel Philpott: What Religion Contributes to the Politics of Transitional JusticePart 4: Religion, Humanitarianism, and Civil Society10. Michael Barnett: Where Is the Religion? Humanitarianism, Faith, and World Affairs11. Katherine Marshall: Faith, Gender, and International Relations12. Katherine Marshall: Religion and Development13. Thomas Banchoff: Interreligious Dialogue and International RelationsPart 5: Religion and the Media14. Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Nichole J. Allem: Islam and the Promenades of Global Media15. Diane Winston: Old Monks, New Media, and the Limits of Soulcraft: A Case Study of Burma's 2007 Saffron RevolutionPart 6: Religion and American Foreign Policy16. Walter Russell Mead: God's Country? American Evangelicals and US Foreign Policy17. Thomas F. Farr: America's International Religious Freedom Policy18. Frederick D. Barton, Shannon Hayden, and Karin von Hippel: Navigating in the Fog: Improving US Government Engagement with ReligionM. Christian Green with Nicole Greenfield: Appendix: Internet Resource GuideIndex