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Religion and Politics

Edited by Jeffrey Haynes

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1,624 pages

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The early twenty-first century has witnessed a global resurgence of religious activity and identification. In particular, numerous examples of the growing political influence of religion can be cited, not least in Europe, once thought to be an inexorably secularizing continent. In India, meanwhile, officially a secular state, the Bharatiya Janata Party has served in several coalition governments and, until 2004, was the leading party in government. In the USA, religion continues to have a major impact on both domestic politics and the country’s international relations. More obviously perhaps, in the Middle East, religion plays an enormous part in political life, both domestically and internationally, while the Roman Catholic Church has played a leading role in the turn to democracy in Spain, Poland, and several Latin American countries.

Volume I (‘The World Religions and Politics’) of this new four-volume collection from Routledge focuses on the major world religions and the roles they play in politics. Volume II (‘Religion and Governance’) brings together key work on: religion and secularization; religious fundamentalism; the relationship between church and state; religion and democracy; and religion and civil society. Volume III (‘Religion and International Relations’), meanwhile, assembles vital scholarship on religion and foreign policy, globalization, and terrorism. Finally, Volume IV collects work on ‘Religion, Development, and Security’ to examine religion and conflict; religion, gender, and politics; faith-based development aid; religion and science; and religion and human rights.

With a full index and a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, that places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Religion and Politics is an essential one-stop reference resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I: The World Religions and Politics

1. S. R. Scott Appleby, ‘Introduction: Powerful Medicine’, The Ambivalence of the Sacred (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), pp. 1–21.

2. E. Gentile, ‘Political Religion: A Concept and its Critics—A Critical Survey’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, 2005, 6, 1, 19–32.

3. M. Barkun, ‘Religious Violence and the Myth of Fundamentalism’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, 2003, 4, 3, 55–70.

4. P. Friedlander, ‘Buddhism and Politics’, in J. Haynes (ed.), Handbook of Religion and Politics (Routledge, 2008), pp. 11–25.

5. D. McCargo, ‘Buddhism, Democracy and Identity in Thailand’, Democratization, 2004, 11, 4, 155–70.

6. M. Barr, ‘Confucianism, from Above and Below’, in J. Haynes (ed.), Handbook of Religion and Politics (Routledge, 2008), pp. 64–78.

7. S. Bruce, ‘Did Protestantism Create Democracy’, Democratization, 2004, 11, 4, 3–20.

8. P. Gifford, ‘Some Recent Developments in African Christianity’, African Affairs, 1994, 93, 373, 513–34.

9. P. Freston, ‘Evangelical Protestantism and Democratization in Contemporary Latin America and Asia’, Democratization, 2004, 11, 4, 21–41.

10. J. Casanova, ‘Catholic and Muslim Politics in Comparative Perspective’, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 2005, 1, 2, 89–108.

11. A. Belen Soage, ‘The Muslim Reaction to Pope Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Address’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, 2007, 8, 1, 137–43.

12. C. Bhatt, ‘Democracy and Hindu Nationalism’, Democratization, 2004, 11, 4, 133–54.

13. G. Singh, ‘State and Religious Diversity: Reflections on Post-1947 India’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, 2004, 5, 2, 205–25.

14. A. Boubekeur, ‘Post-Islamist Culture: A New Form of Mobilization?’, History of Religions, 2007, 47, 1, 75–94.

15. J. Calvert, ‘The Mythic Foundations of Radical Islam’, Orbis, Winter 2004.

16. J. Haynes, ‘Islamic Militancy in East Africa’, Third World Quarterly, 2005, 26, 8, 1321–39.

17. M. Khalil, ‘Islam and the Challenges of Modernity’, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2004, 97–104.

18. Ali M. Mazrui, ‘Islam and the United States: Streams of Convergence, Strands of Divergence’, Third World Quarterly, 2004, 25, 5, 793–820.

19. G. Shani, ‘A Revolt Against the West: Politicized Religion and the International Order—A Comparison of the Islamic Umma and the Sikh Qaum’, Ritsumeikan Annual Review of International Studies, 2002, 1, 15–31.

20. S. Sandler, ‘Judaism and the State’, in J. Haynes (ed.), Handbook of Religion and Politics (Routledge, 2008), pp. 128–41.

21. J. Stolow, ‘Transnationalism and the New Religio-Politics: Reflections on a Jewish Orthodox Case’, Theory, Culture & Society, 2000, 21, 2, 109–37.

Volume II: Religion and Governance

22. R. Bellah, ‘Civil Religion in America’, Daedalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1967, 96, 1, 1–21.

23. K. D. Wald, A. L. Silverman, and K. S. Fridy, ‘Making Sense of Religion in Political Life’, Annual Review of Political Science, 2005, 8, 121–43.

24. J. Madeley, ‘Religion and the State’, in J. Haynes (ed.), Handbook of Religion and Politics (Routledge, 2008), pp. 174–91.

25. L. Leustean, ‘Towards and Integrative Theory of Religion and Politics’, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 2005, 17, 364–81.

26. S. Bruce, ‘Secularisation and Politics’, in J. Haynes (ed.), Handbook of Religion and Politics (Routledge, 2008), pp. 145–58.

27. J. Fox, ‘Do Democracies Have Separation of Religion and State?’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 2007, 40, 1–25.

28. J. Fox and Ephraim Tabory, ‘Contemporary Evidence Regarding the Impact of State Regulation of Religion on Religious Participation and Belief’, Socio1ogy of Religion, 2008, 69, 3, 245–71.

29. B.-A. Rieffer, ‘Religion and Nationalism: Understanding the Consequences of a Complex Relationship’, Ethnicities, 2003, 3, 2, 215–42.

30. W. Spohn, ‘Multiple Modernity, Nationalism and Religion: A Global Perspective’, Current Sociology, 2003, 51, 3/4, 265–85.

31. Catarina Kinnvall, ‘Globalization and Religious Nationalism: Self, Identity, and the Search for Ontological Security’, Political Psychology, 2004, 25, 5, 741–67.

32. S. Zubaida, ‘Islam and Nationalism: Continuities and Contradictions’, Nations and Nationalism, 2004, 10, 4, 407–20.

33. V. Bader, ‘The Governance of Islam in Europe: The Perils of Modelling’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2007, 33, 6, 871–86.

34. A. Bayat, ‘Studying Middle Eastern Societies: Imperatives and Modalities of Thinking Comparatively’, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 2001, 35, 2, 151–8.

35. O. Haklai, ‘Authoritarianism and Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Research and Theory-Building in the Twenty-First Century’, International Studies Review, 2009, 11, 27–45.

36. J. Mellon, ‘Islamism, Kemalism and the Future of Turkey’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, 2006, 7, 1, 67–81.

37. P. Brykczynski, ‘Radical Islam and the Nation: The Relationship Between Religion and Nationalism in the Political Thought of Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb’, History of Intellectual Culture, 2005, 5, 1, 1–19.

38. Z. Munson, ‘Islamic Mobilization: Social Movement Theory and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’, The Sociological Quarterly, 2001, 42, 4, 487–510.

39. Duffy M. Toft, ‘Getting Religion? The Puzzling Case of Islam and Civil War’, International Security, 2007, 31, 4, 97–131.

Volume III: Religion and International Relations

40. D. Philpott, ‘The Religious Roots of Modern International Relations’, World Politics, 2000, 52, 206–45.

41. D. Philpott, ‘The Challenge of September 11 to Secularism in International Relations’, World Politics, 2002, 55, 66–95.

42. E. S. Hurd, ‘The Political Authority of Secularism in International Relations’, European Journal of International Relations, 2004, 10, 2, 235–62.

43. N. Hallward, ‘Situating the "Secular"’: Negotiating the Boundary between Religion and Politics’, International Political Sociology, 2008, 2, 1–16.

44. N. Keddie, ‘Secularism and its Discontents’, Daedalus, Winter 2003, 14–30.

45. M. Ayoob, ‘The Future of Political Islam: The Importance of External Variables’, International Affairs, 2005, 81, 951–61.

46. P. Radhakrishnan, ‘Religion under Globalization’, Economic and Political Weekly, 2004, 27, 1403–11.

47. R. Keohane, ‘The Globalization of Informal Violence, Theories of World Politics, and the "Liberalism of Fear"’, Dialog-IO, Spring 2002, 29–43.

48. J. Fox, ‘Religion, Politics and International Relations: The Rise of Religion and the Fall of the Civilization Paradigm as Explanations for Intra-State Conflict’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2007, 20, 3, 361–82.

49. F. Kratochwil, ‘Religion and (Inter-)national Politics: On the Heuristics of Identities, Structures and Agents’, Alternatives, 2005, 30, 113–40.

50. J. Haynes, ‘Transnational Religious Actors and International Politics’, Third World Quarterly, 2001, 22, 2, 143–58.

51. J. Troy, ‘The Catholic Church: An Underestimated and Necessary Actor in International Affairs’, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2008, 65–73.

52. J. Haynes, ‘Religion and Foreign Policy Making in the USA, India and Iran: Towards a Research Agenda’, Third World Quarterly, 2008, 29, 1, 143–65.

53. K. Afrasiabi and A. Maleki, ‘Iran’s Foreign Policy after September 11’, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 2003, 9, 2, 255–65.

54. R. Ramazani, ‘Ideology and Pragmatism in Iran’s Foreign Policy’, Middle East Journal, 2004, 58, 4, 549–59.

55. Michael Scott Doran, ‘The Saudi Paradox’, Foreign Affairs, Jan./Feb. 2004.

56. A. Hurrell, ‘"There are no Rules" (George W. Bush): International Order after September 11’, International Relations, 2002, 16, 2, 185–204

57. J. Judis, ‘The Chosen Nation: The Influence of Religion on US Foreign Policy’, Policy Brief, 37, Mar. 2005.

58. A. Bacevich and E. Prodromou, ‘God is Not Neutral: Religion and US Foreign Policy after 9/11’, Orbis, Winter 2004, 43–54.

59. S. Walt and J. Mearsheimer, ‘The Israeli Lobby and US Foreign Policy’, London Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2006.

60. P. Robins, ‘Turkish Foreign Policy Since 2002: Between a "Post-Islamist" Government and a Kemalist State’, International Affairs, 2007, 83, 91, 289–304.

61. P. Van de Veer, ‘Transnational Religion: Hindu and Muslim Movements’, Global Networks, 2002, 2, 2, 95–109.

Volume IV: Religion, Development, and Security

62. L. Selinger, ‘The Forgotten Factor: The Uneasy Relationship Between Religion and Development’, Social Compass, 2004, 51, 4, 521–41.

63. G. Clarke, ‘Agents of Transformation? Donors, Faith-Based Organisations and International Development’, Third World Quarterly, 2007, 28, 1, 77–96.

64. M. Tucker and J. Grim, ‘Introduction: The Emerging Alliance of World Religions and Ecology’, Daedalus, 2001, 130, 4, 1–15.

65. N. Toly, ‘Changing the Climate of Christian Internationalism: Global Warming and Human Suffering’, The Brandywine Review of Faith & International Affairs, 2004, 31–7.

66. R. Kennedy and K. Nowlan, ‘Gender, Faith and Development: Rethinking the Boundaries of Intersectionality’, Development Bulletin, 2004, 64, 92–4.

67. K. Alamdari, ‘Religion and Development Revisited: Comparing Islam and Christianity with Reference to the Case of Iran’, Journal of Developing Societies, 2004, 20, 1–2, 125–44.

68. M. Ayoob, ‘Political Islam: Image and Reality’, World Policy Journal, 2004, 21, 3, 1–14.

69. M. Noland and H. Pack, ‘Islam, Globalization, and Economic Performance in the Middle East’, International Economics Policy Briefs, June 2004, 1–8.

70. B. Kliksberg, ‘Facing the Inequalities of Development: Some Lessons from Judaism and Christianity’, Development, 2003, 46, 4, 57–63.

71. J. Casanova, ‘Religion, European Secular Identities, and European Integration’, Eurozine, 2004.

72. C. Mitchell, ‘The Religious Content of Ethnic Identities’, Sociology, 2006, 40, 6, 1135–52.

73. L. Reychler, ‘Religion and Conflict’, The International Journal of Peace Studies, 1997, 2, 1.

74. C. Alger, ‘Religion as a Peace Tool’, Ethnopolitics, 2002, 1, 4, 94–109.

75. D. Smock, ‘Divine Intervention: Regional Reconciliation through Faith’, Harvard International Review, 2004, 25, 4.

76. A. Bartoli, ‘Conflict Prevention: The Role of Religion is the Role of its Actors’, New Routes, 2005, 10, 3, 3–7.

77. J. Haynes, ‘Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building: The Role of Religion in Mozambique, Nigeria and Cambodia’, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 2009, 47, 1, 52–75.

78. S. Huntington, ‘The Clash of Civilisations?’, Foreign Affairs, 1993, 72, 3, 22–49.

79. R. Inglehart and Pippa Norris, ‘The True Clash of Civilizations’, Foreign Policy, Mar./Apr. 2003, 67–74.

80. B. Russett, J. Oneal, and M.Cox, ‘Clash of Civilizations, or Realism and Liberalism Déjà Vu? Some Evidence’, Journal of Peace Research, 2000, 37, 5, 1–58.

81. J. Haynes, ‘Al-Qaeda: Ideology and Action’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2005, 8, 2, 177–91.

82. B. Mendelsohn, ‘Sovereignty Under Attack: The International Society Meets the Al Qaeda Network’, Review of International Studies, 2005, 31, 45–68.

83. J. Spyer, ‘The al-Qa’ida Network and Weapons of Mass Destruction’, Middle East Review of International Affairs, 2004, 8, 3, 29–45.

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

The Critical Concepts in Religious Studies series has continued to publish titles on the key subject area. Titles span across the religions and consider some of the most engaging areas of interest, including fundamentalism and ethics.

New in the series, Comparative Religious Ethics is a first of its kind collection. An area where a mass of scholars have now emerged, comparative ethics is an appealing field of study throughout religious studies departments.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State