224 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
This book identifies and examines the political activities of selected religious actors, in both domestic and international contexts, in relation to democracy, human rights and civilisational interactions, and asks why, how and when do selected religious actors seek to influence political outcomes?
The book is divided into two parts. Section 1 examines the controversial issue of how, why and when religious actors affect democratisation – that is, the transition to democracy – and democracy itself. These chapters examine the impact of religion on democratisation and human rights, with particular attention to secularisation, Islam, and globalisation. They indicate that numerous religious actors have had major importance in helping determine democratisation outcomes in various countries. Section 2 examines the relationships between religion, human rights and civilisational interactions in the context of post-secular politics and links to conflict, and explores how these relationships affect political outcomes in both domestic and international contexts.
This book will be of great interest to postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of religion and politics, religion and international relations, democratisation and democracy, and global governance, especially studies of the United Nations. It will also interest practitioners and scholars who work on religion and politics, at a domestic and international level.
Introduction: Religion, Conflict and Post-Secular Politics: An Introduction
Section 1: Religious actors and democracy
1. Religion and democratisation: what do we now know?
2. Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa: What is the Effect of Globalisation?
3. Islam and Democracy in East Africa
4. The ‘Arab Uprising’, Islamists and Democratisation
5. Religion, democratization and secularization
Section 2: Religion, human rights and civilisational interactions: Postsecular politics and conflict
6. Religion, Democracy and Civil Liberties: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Ramifications
7. Donald Trump, ‘Judeo-Christian Values’, and the ‘Clash of Civilisations’
8. The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and Global Justice
9. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Interfaith Dialogue: What Is It Good For?
10. From Huntington to Trump: Twenty-five years of the ‘clash of civilisations’
Conclusion: Concluding reflections on religion, conflict and post-secular politics
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.