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Religion and Human Security A Global Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0199827753

ISBN-13: 9780199827756

Edition: 2012

Authors: James K. Wellman, Clark B. Lombardi

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This volume of essays explores the long-unstudied relationship between religion and human security throughout the world. The 1950s marked the beginning of a period of extraordinary religious revival, during which religious political-parties and non-governmental organizations gained power around the globe. Until now, there has been little systematic study of the impact that this phenomenon has had on human welfare, except of a relationship between religious revival to violence. The authors of these essays show that religion can have positive as well as negative effects on human wellbeing. They address a number of crucial questions about the relationship between religion and human security: Under what circumstances do religiously motivated actors tend to advance human welfare, and under what circumstances do they tend to threaten it? Are members of some religious groups more likely to engage in welfare-enhancing behavior than in others? Do certain state policies tend to promote security-enhancing behavior among religious groups while other policies tend to promote security-threatening ones? In cases where religious actors are harming the welfare of a population, what responses could eliminate that threat without replacing it with another?Religion and Human Security shows that many states tend to underestimate the power of religious organizations as purveyors of human security. Governments overlook both the importance of human security to their populations and the religious groups who could act as allies in securing the welfare of their people. This volume offers a rich variety of theoretical perspectives on the nuanced relationship between religion and human security. Through case studies ranging from Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan, to the United States, Northern Ireland, and Zimbabwe, it provides important suggestions to policy makers of how to begin factoring the influence of religion into their evaluation of a population's human security and into programs designed to improve human security around the globe.
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

James K. Wellman, Jr. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion at the Jackson School of International Studies. His areas of expertise are in American religious congregations, culture, history, and politics. He has published an award-winning book, The Gold Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism (Illinois 1999). He has published two edited volumes: The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society (Praegers 1999), and Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). His most recent book is Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest, published by Oxford University Press. The book received Honorable Mention for the 2009 Distinguished Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (second out of twenty-six books nominated). He is also the project director of a $300,000 grant from the Luce Foundation which will soon culminate in an edited volume called Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective which will be published soon by Oxford University Press. A new book project with Oxford University Press is called High on God: How the Megachurch Conquered America. It is a based on a national survey of twelve national megachurches, examining the power of desire in these congregations, both toward each other, toward the churches' leadership, and towards God. Wellman knows American Protestantism well, and he is very interested in the future of American churches and, in particular, the trajectory of the evangelical church. Having done extensive work on Protestant leaders, church movements, and successful churches, he is perfectly situated to write a cultural biography of Rob Bell, believing, as he does, that Bell embodies and will lead the evangelical church in America in the next twenty years.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Religion and Human Security: An Understudied Relationship
The Dance of Desire in Religion and Human Security
The Janus-Faced Relation of Religious Actors and Human Security: Islamic and Secular Values in Turkey
The Role of Human Security in the Contest between the Egyptian Government and the Muslim Brotherhood
Popular Muslim Attitudes Towards Violent Islamic Groups: The Case of Pakistan
Networking through Religion: The Case of Malerkotla
Indian Muslim Leadership: Predicaments and Possibilities for Human Security
'A Little with God is a Lot': Popular Religion and Human Security in the Land of the Brazilian Colonels
Davidson College, Interrogating Human Security and Religion in Guatemala
Striking a Balance: Christianity and the Challenges of Long Term Human Security in Zimbabwe
Beyond Basic Human Security: The Role of Religious Institutions in Angola
In Violence and in Peace: The Role of Religion and Human Security in Northern Ireland
Eastern Christianity and Security in Post-War Europe
Washed By a Deluge: The Religious Struggle for Human Security in Algeria and Poland
The Soka Gakkai and Human SecurityBibliography