From the United States to the Middle East, Asia and Africa, religion continues to be an important factor in political activity and organisation. The second edition of this successful handbook provides the definitive global survey of the interaction of religion and politics.
Featuring contributions from an international team of experts, it examines the political aspects of all the world's major religions, including such crucial contemporary issues as religious fundamentalism, terrorism, the 'war on terror', the 'clash of civilizations', the Arab Spring, and science and religion. Each chapter has been updated to reflect the latest developments and thinking in the field, and new chapters such as ‘Postsecularism and international relations’ and ‘Securitization and Secularization: The two pillars of state regulation of European Islam’ have been added to ensure the book is a comprehensive and up-to-date resource.
Four main themes addressed include:
- World religions and politics
- Religion and governance
- Religion and international relations
- Religion, security and development
References at the end of each chapter have been overhauled to guide the reader towards the most up-to-date information on various topics. This book is an indispensable source of information for students, academics and the wider public interested in the dynamic relationship between politics and religion.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Religion, identity, security and governance Jeffrey Haynes Section 1: ‘The World Religions and Politics’ 2. Buddhism and Politics Peter Friedlander 3. Christianity: Protestantism Paul Freston 4. The Catholic Church and Catholicism in global politics Allen D. Hertzke 5. Confucianism: Classical, Neo- and "New" Michael Barr 6. Hinduism and Politics Peter Friedlander 7. Sunni Islam and Islamism Andrea Teti and Andrea Mura 8. Shiism and politics Mohammad Nafissi 9. Judaism: State and Foreign policy Shmuel Sandler Section 2: ‘Religion and Governance’ 10. Religious fundamentalism Luca Ozzano 11. Religion and the State John Madeley 12: Religion and the ‘third wave of democracy’ Jeffrey Haynes 13. Religion and political parties Clyde Wilcox and Payam Mohseni 14. Religion and civil society David Herbert 15. Securitization and Secularization: The Two Pillars of State Regulation of European Islam Jocelyne Cesari Section 3: ‘Reigion and International Relations’ 16. Postsecularism and International Relations Luca Mavelli and Erin K. Wilson 17. Integrating Religion into International Relations Theory Jonathan Fox and Nukhet Sandal 18. Religion and Foreign Policy Nukhet Sandal 19. Transnational Religious Actors and International Relations Giorgio Shani 20. Religions in a Globalizing World David Wessels Section 4: ‘Religion, Security and Development’ 21. Religion, Politics and Gender Kristin Aune and Line Nyhagen 22. Faith-based Organisations and Development Jeffrey Haynes 23. Religious Terrorism in Global Politics Mark Juergensmeyer 24. The Rise of Religious Peacebuilding Paul Ilo
Jeffrey Haynes is Director of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation at London Metropolitan University, UK.