This fully revised edition offers a comprehensive overview of the many theories of religion and politics and provides students with an accessible, in-depth guide to the subject’s most significant debates, issues, and methodologies.
It begins by asking the basic questions of how social scientists see religion and why religion remains relevant to politics in the modern era. Fox examines the influence of religious identity, beliefs, institutions and legitimacy on politics, and surveys important approaches and issues found in the literature on religion and politics. Four new chapters on religious policy around the world, political secularism, and religious freedom and human rights have been added to fully revised content covering religious identity, rational choice approaches to religious politics worldviews, beliefs, doctrines, ideologies, institutions and political mobilization, fundamentalism, secularization, and religion and conflict.
This work will be essential reading for all students of religion and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and security studies.
"This revised and reorganized edition of the Fox volume makes this work the standard introduction to politics and religion. An Introduction to Religion and Politics (2nd edition) covers virtually all of the major approaches to the study of religion and politics, and is both accessible to beginning students and a valuable resource for serious academic analysts. Quite simply, it has become the dominant text in the comparative field." - Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"An Introduction to Religion and Politics is an outstanding step beyond the high quality first edition. Fox, a leading scholar, offers a tour de force on subjects ranging from religious freedom to government regulation of faith. The book is distinguished by its comprehensiveness, notably intellectual breadth and topical range." - Patrick James, Dornsife Dean’s Professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California
"Any student who seeks a foundation of knowledge about religion and global politics, in using this revised text, will be learning at the feet of one of the pioneers and masters of the field. Professor Fox leaves no stone unturned in covering both the theory and practice of religion in global politics in today's world." - Daniel Philpott, Professor, University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Secularization and Functionalism: Predictions of Religion’s Decline, and Irrelevance
Chapter 3: Religious Identity
Chapter 4: Religious Worldviews, Beliefs, Doctrines, and Theologies
Chapter 5: Religious Legitimacy
Chapter 6: Religious Institutions and Political Mobilization
Chapter 7: Rational Religion
Chapter 8: Religious Fundamentalism
Chapter 9: Religion and Conflict
Chapter 10: Government Religion Policy 1: Official Policies and Supporting Religion
Chapter 11: Government Religion Policy 2: Restrictions, Regulation, Control and Discrimination
Chapter 12: Political Secularism
Chapter 13: Religious Freedom
Chapter 14: Religion in International Relations
Chapter 15: Conclusions
This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).
The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.
Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.
In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.