1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook to Religion and Political Parties

Edited By Jeffrey Haynes Copyright 2020
    420 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


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