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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook to Religion and Political Parties

Edited By

Jeffrey Haynes

ISBN 9781138500464
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
420 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

As religion and politics become ever more intertwined, relationships between religion and political parties are of increasing global political significance. This handbook responds to that development, providing important results of current research involving religion and politics, focusing on: democratisation, democracy, party platform formation, party moderation and secularisation, social constituency representation and interest articulation.

Covering core issues, new debates, and country case studies, the handbook provides a comprehensive overview of fundamentals and new directions in the subject. Adopting a comparative approach, it examines the relationships between religion and political parties in a variety of contexts, regions and countries with a focus on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. Contributions cover such topics as:

  • religion, secularisation and modernisation;
  • religious fundamentalism and terrorism;
  • the role of religion in conflict resolution and peacebuilding;
  • religion and its connection to state, democratisation and democracy; and
  • regional case studies covering Asia, the Americas, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.

This comprehensive handbook provides crucial information for students, researchers and professionals researching the topics of politics, religion, comparative politics, secularism, religious movements, political parties and interest groups, and religion and sociology.

Table of Contents


Jeffrey Haynes

PART I Core issues and topics

1 The next Middle Ages: religion and political culture

Manlio Graziano

2 Religion, state and nation: Islamic parties between ideology and religion

Jocelyne Cesari

3 Religion and society

David Herbert

4 Religion, modernisation and secularisation

Steven Kettell

PART II New debates

5 Religious fundamentalism

Luca Ozzano

6 Religion, democratisation and democracy

Jeffrey Haynes

7 Religion and party platform formation

Esen Kirdis

8 Religion, social constituency representation and interest articulation

Nil S. Satana, Alperen Özkan and Jóhanna K. Birnir

9 The politics of being Muslim and female: religion, feminism and hierarchies of knowledge

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

10 Religious violence and political parties

Mark Juergensmeyer

11 Conflict resolution and peacebuilding

Christine Schliesser

PART III Country case studies


12 Religious violence and political agenda setting in post-colonial South Asian states: why political parties fail

Subrata K. Mitra and La Toya Waha

13 Political parties and religion in Myanmar

Kristian Stokke

14 Religious political parties in Pakistan

Muqarrab Akbar

The Americas

15 Religion and political parties in America

Allen D. Hertzke

16 Religion and political parties in Brazil

Linsey Moddelmog and Pedro A.G. dos Santos

17 Religion and political parties in Mexico

Luis Felipe Mantilla


18 The Politics of Religion in Germany, 1945 to the present

Sabrina P. Ramet

19 Religion and political parties: the case of Italy

Alberta Giorgi

20 Religion and political parties in Poland

Katarzyna Dos´pial-Borysiak

Sub-Saharan Africa

21 Old and new alliances: Christian churches and the African National Congress in South Africa

Barbara Bompani

22 Religion and political parties in Zambia

Austin Cheyeka

23 Religions and political parties in Senegal (1980–2018)

El Hadji Samba Amadou Diallo

24 Nigeria

Toyin Falola and Chukwuemeka Agbo

The Middle East and North Africa

25 Israel: political parties

Hayim Katsman and Guy Ben-Porat

26 Religion and politics in Palestine: the case of Hamas

Benedetta Berti

27 Turkey: the contested role of Islam and pro-Islamic parties

Sultan Tepe

28 Islam and factional politics in Iran

Paola Rivetti

29 Religion and political parties in Tunisia

Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone

30 Moroccan constitutional reform and Islamism(s): renegotiating the role of religion in the political field

Emanuela Dalmasso

31 Egypt

Sumita Pahwa

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Jeffrey Haynes is emeritus professor of politics at London Metropolitan University.