The Varieties of Religious Repression: Why Governments Restrict Religion

Hardcover | February 17, 2015

byAni Sarkissian

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Religious repression - the non-violent suppression of civil and political rights - is a growing and global phenomenon. Though most often practiced in authoritarian countries, levels of religious repression nevertheless vary across a range of non-democratic regimes, including illiberaldemocracies and competitive authoritarian states.In The Varieties of Religious Repression, Ani Sarkissian argues that seemingly benign regulations and restrictions on religion are tools that non-democratic leaders use to repress independent civic activity, effectively maintaining their hold on power. Sarkissian examines the interaction ofpolitical competition and the structure of religious divisions in society, presenting a theory of why religious repression varies across non-democratic regimes. She also offers a new way of understanding the commonalties and differences of non-democratic regimes by focusing on the targets ofreligious repression.Drawing on quantitative data from more than one hundred authoritarian states, as well as case studies of sixteen countries from around the world, Sarkissian explores the varieties of repression that states impose on religious expression, association, and political activities, describing theobstacles these actions present for democratization, pluralism, and the development of an independent civil society.

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Religious repression - the non-violent suppression of civil and political rights - is a growing and global phenomenon. Though most often practiced in authoritarian countries, levels of religious repression nevertheless vary across a range of non-democratic regimes, including illiberaldemocracies and competitive authoritarian states.In ...

Ani Sarkissian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. In 2006, she received her PhD in comparative politics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research addresses the effects of religious regulations, organizations, attitudes, and practices on political developmen...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Religion, Rights, and Repression2. Varieties of Religious Repression3. Regulation as Control: State Repression of All Religious Groups4. Repressing Most by Favoring One5. The Power to Choose: Selective State Repression of Religious Groups6. Paradoxical or Rational? Religious Freedom in Non-Democratic States7. Conclusion: Why Religious Repression MattersAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Ani Sarkissian draws on data from 101 countries to brilliantly tackle a vital question: How do politicians in non-democratic states use religious repression as an instrument of their rule -- and why? This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship betweenreligious pluralism, democracy, and freedom of religious practice and expression." --Donald E. Miller, Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California