Religion and Global Politics

ISBN-10: 0195438124

ISBN-13: 9780195438123

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul S. Rowe

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Specifically designed for third- and fourth-year students,Religion and Global Politicsexamines the relationship between religion and world order. Part I consists of carefully selected case studies that introduce students to the empirical and theoretical questions underpinning religion and politics in the United States, Europe, India, East Asia, and Latin America at both the domestic and the international level. Offering a balanced and objective perspective, Part I examines a variety of faith perspectives including Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. Part II uses essential concepts to explore the role that religion plays in the construction of global order and the way religious groups affect the political process in contemporary societies with respect to issues of human rights, war and peace, conflict resolution, and globalization. Context is provided for students in the form of an introduction (Chapter 1) that lays out the history of religion in global politics, as well as the theories that unite and divide political scientists. In addition, a clear conclusion encourages students to apply what they have learned by discussing the future of religion in global politics. The only text of its kind,Religion and Global Politicssuggests the potency and enduring nature of religion in global politics and asks students to consider religion as a serious motivator of political desire.The text includes effective pedagogical tools, such as bolded key terms, chapter-review questions, boxed inserts, chapter conclusions, additional sources, web resources, and a glossary to assist students in engaging with and retaining material.
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List price: $65.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction and Theoretical Overview
A New Beginning?
Religion in the Premodern International System
The Post-Westphalian System and the Secularization of Global Politics
Modernization and Secularization
Critiques of Secularization
Perspectives on the Politics of Ethnicity and Religion
Taking Culture Seriously
Responses to Globalization
9/11 and After
Understanding Religion: Definitions and Directions
Religion and Global Politics: A Survey
Religion and the Domestic Bases of State and Foreign Policy
The Roman Catholic Church
A Brief History of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church
The Modernizing Church: Changes under Vatican II
The Church and the Vatican Today
Liberation Theology
A Diversity of Political Movements
Change, Continuity, and New Challenges
The Church under Benedict XVI
Conclusion
Christianity and US Politics
The 'City upon a Hill': Competing Themes in US Politics
Religion in American Public Life: A Historic Perspective
The Twentieth Century and 'Social Christianity'
Christianity and the US 'Mission' in the World: The Cold War
Streams of Christian Activism
The Rise of the 'Religious Right'
Onward Christian Soldiers?
Seeds of a Middle Way
Other Religions and US Politics
Conclusion
Judaism, Zionism, and Israeli Politics
A Brief History of Zionism
Dimensions of Zionism to 1948
Political and Ethnic Divisions in the State of Israel
'Greater Israel'
The Settler Movement and the Rise of Israeli Revisionism
The Rise of Shas
Religious Parties and Coalition Politics
The Wider Coalition: Christian Zionism
Conclusion
Political Islam and the State
Introduction to Islam
The Fusion of Islam and Politics: A Contentious Debate
The Medieval and Colonial Ages
The Birth of Modern Islamic Activism
Revolutions and Revivalism: Islamism to the 1980s
The Crucible of Radicalization: Afghanistan, bin Laden, and Militant Jihad
Islamism Today: Democrats and Demagogues
The Sunni-Shi'i Divide
Conclusion
Religion and Politics in India
What is Hinduism?
Hinduism, Islam, and Indian Independence
The Rise of Hindu Nationalism
Sikh and Hindu Nationalist Movements in the 1980s
The Ayodhya Incident and the Rise of the BJP
Hindutva, Foreign Policy, and the Issue of Kashmir
Flashpoints and Pressures: The Continuing Problem of Interreligious Relations
Conclusions
Buddhism and Politics
Buddhism's Rise and Eclipse in India
The Basic Tenets and Vehicles of Buddhism
Sri Lanka: Buddhism Betrayed?
Buddhism in East and Southeast Asia: Protest and Peace
Tibetan Nationalism: Unattainable Nirvana?
Conclusions
Religion and Global Order
Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights
Religion and the Expansion of Liberal Democracy
Human Rights and Constraints on Religious Freedom
Religions, Human Rights, and Democracy
Religion in International Human Rights
Religion and Human Rights in Practice
Religious Freedom and the Politics of Human Rights
Conclusions
Religion and War
'Religious' Wars of the Past
Religion and War in the Modem World
The Just War Tradition
The Tradition of War in Islam
Himsa and Ahimsa Traditions in Hinduism and Buddhism
Religion and Terrorism
Conclusions
Religion and Conflict Resolution
Religious Resources for Conflict Resolution
Religious Activism in Support of Conflict Resolution
Religion as Interested Observer
Religion as Peacemaker
Religion as Protagonist
Religion as Peace
Conclusions
Transnational Religion, Globalization, and Development
Religion and Globalization
The Influence of Transnational Organization: Global Religious Networks
Religion, the Media, and the Global Political Sphere
Migration, Religion, and Integration
Religion and Development
A Divided World? Notions of Division Rooted in Religion and Civilization
Conclusions
Conclusion: Religion in a 'Secular' Age?
The Rise and Decline of the Secular State
A Secular Age?
Hostility or Hospitality?
Glossary
Index
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