1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Politics and Ideology

Edited By Jeffrey Haynes Copyright 2022
    386 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    386 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive handbook examines relationships between religion, politics and ideology, with a focus on several world religions — Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism — in a variety of contexts, regions and countries.

    Relationships between religion, politics and ideology help mould people’s attitudes about the way that political systems, both domestically and internationally, are organised and operate. While conceptually separate, religion, politics and ideology often become intertwined and as a result their relationships evolve over time. This volume brings together a number of expert contributors who explore a wide range of topical and controversial issues, including gender, nationalism, communism, fascism, populism and Islamism. Such topics inform the overall aim of the handbook: to provide a comprehensive summary of the relationships between religion, politics and ideology, including basic issues and new approaches.

    This handbook is a major research resource for students, researchers and professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds, including religious studies, political science, international relations, and sociology.

    Introduction: Religion, Politics and Ideology

    Jeffrey Haynes

    Section 1: Core Issues and Topics

    1. Liberal Religion

    Emanuel de Kadt

    2. Secularism

    Linde R. Draaisma and Erin K. Wilson

    3. Atheism and Religion

    Stuart McAnulla

    4. Nationalism, Religion, Ideology

    Atalia Omer

    5. Religion and Gender

    Leila Hadj Abdou

    6. Life After Communism: Contemporary Orthodoxy, Politics and Society in Eastern Europe

    Greg Simons

    7. The Radical Right in Europe: Cultural Shifts and Religious Nativism

    Michael Minkenberg

    8. Caught in Mid-Stream: Islamism in the Transition from Politics of Piety to Formal Politics

    Roel Meijer

    Section 2: New Debates and Controversies

    9. Religion Between Ethics and Ideology

    Joseph A. Camilleri

    10. Religion and the Ideology of Populism

    Timothy Peace

    11. Anarchism and Religion

    Erik Ringmar

    12. Religion and the Alt-Right

    George Hawley

    13. Making Sense of Salafism: Theological Foundations, Ideological Iterations, and Political Manifestations

    Naveed S. Sheikh

    14. Buddhist Nationalism

    Saul Tobias

    15. Christianism

    Ben Ryan

    16. Evangelicals and Ideology—Transnational or Local? Examining the Case of Latin American Evangelicals

    Ruth Melkonian-Hoover and Dennis R. Hoover

    Section 3: Country Case Studies

    17. Italy

    Luca Ozzano

    18. A World Awakening: American Evangelicalism and Late-War Order

    Robert J. Joustra

    19. Russia: Orthodox Christianity

    Marko Veković

    20. Religious Fundamentalism, Liberal Nationalism, and Sectarian Solidarity Among Lebanese

    Mansoor Moaddel, Jean Kors and Johan Gärde

    21. Politics, Identity and Religion in Turkey: From Atatürk to the AKP

    Jeffrey Haynes

    22. Iran: Construction of a Shia Political Ideology in the Modern Age

    Alireza Raisi

    23. Religion and Ideology in Sri Lanka: Buddhism

    Peter Friedlander

    24. Hinduism, Hindutva, and Ideology

    Abdul Shaban

    25. Israelization of Judaism

    David Ohana


    Jeffrey Haynes is Emeritus Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University, UK. His areas of expertise are religion and international relations, religion and politics, democracy and democratisation, development studies, and comparative politics and globalisation. His publications include more than 50 books, most recently: Trump and the Politics of Neo-Nationalism (2021), Religion, Conflict and Post-Secular Politics (2020), and The Routledge Handbook to Religion and Political Parties (ed. 2020).