To talk about religion is to talk about politics, identity, terrorism, migration, gender, and a host of other aspects of society. This volume examines and engages with larger debates around religion and proposes a new approach that moves beyond the usual binaries to analyse its role in our societies at large.
Formatting Religion delves into these complexities and demonstrates the topical need for better understanding of how religion, society, culture, and law interact and are mutually influenced in periods of transition. It examines how over the last two decades, people and institutions have been grappling with the role of religion in socio-cultural and political conflicts worldwide. Drawing on a host of disciplines – including sociology, philosophy, anthropology, politics, media, law, and theology – the essays in this book analyse how religion is formatted today, and how religion continuously formats society, from above and from below.
The volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of religious studies, politics, media and culture studies, and sociology.
1. Formatting Religion: Introducing the Approach
Marius Timmann Mjaaland
2. Sacralization and Desacralization: Political Domination and Religious Interpretation
3. A New Formatting: Myanmar´s 2015 ‘Race and Religion Laws’
4. Monitoring Religious Freedom: Persecution, Documentation and the Role of Political Fact
5. ‘Shared Religiousness’ as a Source of Values?
Vebjørn L. Horsfjord
6. A Time of Change in the Estonian Islamic Community: The Question of Power among the Surrendered Ones
7. Media Formatting Religion and Conflict
8. Do the Toledo Guiding Principles Politicise Religious Education?
9. Salient or Silenced: How Religion and Terrorism are Formatted in School
Trine Anker and Marie von der Lippe
10. Religion, Human Rights and Juridification
11. Towards Re-Sacralization of Nordic Law?
Whereas the interrelation of ethics and political thought has been recognized since the dawn of political reflection, we have witnessed over the last 60 years – roughly since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a particularly turbulent process of dilating, indeed globalizing, the coverage and application of that interrelation. At the very instant the decolonized globe consolidated the universality of the sovereign nation-state, that sovereignty – and the political thought that grounded it – was eroded and outstripped, not as in eras past, by imperial conquest and war, but rather by instruments of peace (charters, declarations, treaties, conventions), commerce and communication (multinational enterprises, international media, global aviation and transport, internet technologies).
Has political theory kept apace with global political realities? Can ethical reflection illuminate the murky challenges of real global politics?
The book series 'Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought' addresses these crucial questions by bringing together outstanding texts interrogating the intersection of normative theorizing and political realities with a global focus. The volumes discuss key aspects of the contemporary chiasmus of the local and the global – social movements and global justice, folkways and human rights, poverty and sustainability, rural realities and the cosmopolitan hyperreal.