World of Faith and Freedom Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital to American National Security

ISBN-10: 0195179951
ISBN-13: 9780195179958
Edition: 2009
Authors: Thomas F. Farr
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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 gravely handicapped 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 practice one'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 foreign policy favors an aggressive secularism that is at odds with the American model. This type of secularism is particularly unwelcome in Muslim societies. It is essential, says Farr, that we take an approach that recognizes the great importance of religion in peoples' lives.

Introduction: Why Religious Freedom?
Intimations
Confounded by Faith
The Intellectual Sources of Diplomacy's Religion Deficit
Religion and Stable Self-Government
Acts
The Legislative Campaign against Religious Persecution
The Lion's Den at Foggy Bottom: Act I
Interregnum (2000-2002)
The Lion's Den: Act II
Particulars
Seeking the Heart of Islam
Islam and the American Opportunity
Riding the Dragon: The Case of China
Conclusion: Whither Religious Freedom?
Notes
Index

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