This title was first published in 2002: What is the relationship between religion and politics? How are they associated in the developing world? When does the interface between them result in violence? This volume attempts to answer these questions. In particular, the objective is to understand the circumstances that lead to explosive interactions between religion and politics in the developing world. However, this focus does not imply a perpetual tension between the religious and political spheres. Rather, it explores those historical moments when the relationship does break down and often ends in violent conflicts. The contributors have expertise in fields such as anthropology, history and political science.
Part 1 Christianity: Nicaragua - liberation theology as a force for democratic change, Debra Sabia; Mexico - Christianity and the struggle for collective identity, Micheke Zebich-Knos; Haiti - voodoo, Christianity and politics, Robert Lawless; Malawi - an historical study of religion, political leadership and state power, Sylvia M. Jacobs. Part 2 Judaism: Israel - synagogue, the state and politics, Bernard Reich and Gershon R. Kieval. Part 3 Islam: Algeria - Islamic secularism and political Islam in Algeria, Yahia H. Zoubir; Palestine - Hamas and religious extremism, Frank J. Trapp; Chechnya - Islam and political insurrection, Alynna J. Lyon; Bangladesh - Muslim identity, secularism and the politics of nationalism, Mohammed Rashiduzzaman; conclusion.