World of Faith: Why Religious Freedom is the Key to American National Security in the 21st Century

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

byThomas A. Farr

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Virtually every trouble spot on the planet has some sort of religious component, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Israel and Palestine. All of these conflicts are of great geo-political importance and of intense interest to the United States. Yet, argues Thomas Farr, our foreign policy is gravelyhandicapped by an inability to understand the role of religion in these places and indeed a strong disinclination to consider religious factors as important. In this engaging and well-written insider account, Farr offers a closely reasoned argument that religious freedom, the freedom to practiceone's own religion without fear or interference, is an essential prerequisite for a democratic society. If the U.S. wants to foster democracy, he says, it must focus on fostering religious liberty. Although we ourselves have developed a remarkably successful model of religious freedom, our foreignpolicy favors an aggressive secularism that is at odds with the American model. It is essential, says Farr, that we take an approach that recognizes the great importance of religion in peoples' lives.

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Virtually every trouble spot on the planet has some sort of religious component, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Israel and Palestine. All of these conflicts are of great geo-political importance and of intense interest to the United States. Yet, argues Thomas Farr, our foreign policy is gravelyhandicapped by an inability to understand th...

Thomas F. Farr is Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He was the first Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. State Department. He served fo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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