Introduction to International Relations and Religion

This book introduces college students to concepts related to religion (transnational religious actors and movements) as it increasingly affects and is affected by international relations, globalization, conflict, and conflict resolution.

Author: Jeffrey Haynes

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 1405824743

Category: Political Science

Page: 460

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Haynes (London Metropolitan Univ.), who leans toward the liberal institutionalist camp, offers relatively objective coverage of the basics for a course on religion and world politics. This book introduces college students to concepts related to religion (transnational religious actors and movements) as it increasingly affects and is affected by international relations, globalization, conflict, and conflict resolution. The author discusses IR theories that until recently downplayed the role of religion, and the recent resurgence of religion despite the "secularization theory" that assumed the collapse of religious identification except for private displays of faith. Haynes offers explanations for religious resurgence, for good and ill, in seven chapters of examples of religion as "soft or cultural power" that influences social and political issues globally. He then highlights religious influence as revealed in the US, Europe (mostly Islam), Africa (mostly Christian), Middle East, South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), and Pacific Asia (Confucianism in China and Buddhism in Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia). The volume has the strengths of a textbook (breadth) and some unavoidable weaknesses (lack of depth in some countries or cultures examined). Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduates.

Religion in International Politics and Development

This book will prove an enlightening point of reference for academics and researchers in the fields of religion, world politics, international relations, and development studies, as well as for international organizations, development ...

Author: John A. Rees

Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub

ISBN: 1849803080

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

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This unique and fascinating book illustrates that in moving the research agenda forward - despite whatever methodological pitfalls that may await in the attempt - the dynamics of religion must now be considered to be of central and abiding importance in the study of world politics.

Handbook on Religion and International Relations

This comprehensive Handbook examines relationships between religion and international relations, mainly focusing on several world religions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

Author: Jeffrey Haynes

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1839100230

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Page: 416

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This comprehensive Handbook examines relationships between religion and international relations, mainly focusing on several world religions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. Providing a timely update on this understudied topic, it evaluates how this complex relationship has evolved over the last four decades, looking at a variety of political contexts, regions and countries. Original chapters analyse how varying religions shape people's attitudes towards the organisation and operations of political systems worldwide. As well as investigating core issues and topics such as religion, foreign policy, terrorism and international security, the Handbook also provides clarity on topical and controversial issues such as Islamist extremism, Hindu nationalism and Christian civilisationism. Top international contributors offer further analysis via important case studies of religion and international relations across the globe. Providing crucial information, this Handbook will be an excellent resource for higher-level students and researchers of religious studies, international relations and politics, as well as policy makers and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and orientations.

Religion in International Relations Theory

This work seeks to assess whether an understanding of religion can be systematically integrated into these theories without losing the core insights these theories already bring to international relations.

Author: Nukhet Sandal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1138934607

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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There is a growing realization among international relations scholars and practitioners that religion is a critical factor in global politics. The Iranian Revolution, the September 11 attacks, the ethno-religious conflicts such as the ones in the former Yugoslavia and Sri Lanka are among the many reasons for this increased focus on religion in international affairs. The rise of religious political parties across the world ranging from the Christian Democrats in Europe to Bharatiya Janata Party in India similarly illustrated religion's heightened international profile. Despite all this attention, it is challenging to situate religion within a discipline which has been dominantly secular from its inception. Only a few existent works have ventured to integrate religion into core international relations theories such as Classical Realism, Neorealism, Neoliberalism, Constructivism and the English school. This work is the first systematic attempt to comparatively assess the place of religion in the aforementioned theoretical strands of international relations with contemporary examples from around the world. Written in an accessible and systematic fashion, this book will be an important addition to the fields of both religion and international relations. Nukhet A. Sandal is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Ohio University. Jonathan Fox is Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Global Religions and International Relations A Diplomatic Perspective

With a religious re-emergence in international relations, this book provides an introduction to the role religions play within the global political arena.

Author: P. Ferrara

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137400826

Category: Social Science

Page: 127

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With a religious re-emergence in international relations, this book provides an introduction to the role religions play within the global political arena. Culled from theoretical, practical, and real-world experiences, Ferrara explains the role religion now plays in global affairs on diplomatic and political levels.

The Politics of Secularism in International Relations

The first book to consider secularism as a form of political authority in its own right, it describes two forms of secularism and their far-reaching global consequences.

Author: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400828012

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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Conflicts involving religion have returned to the forefront of international relations. And yet political scientists and policymakers have continued to assume that religion has long been privatized in the West. This secularist assumption ignores the contestation surrounding the category of the "secular" in international politics. The Politics of Secularism in International Relations shows why this thinking is flawed, and provides a powerful alternative. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd argues that secularist divisions between religion and politics are not fixed, as commonly assumed, but socially and historically constructed. Examining the philosophical and historical legacy of the secularist traditions that shape European and American approaches to global politics, she shows why this matters for contemporary international relations, and in particular for two critical relationships: the United States and Iran, and the European Union and Turkey. The Politics of Secularism in International Relations develops a new approach to religion and international relations that challenges realist, liberal, and constructivist assumptions that religion has been excluded from politics in the West. The first book to consider secularism as a form of political authority in its own right, it describes two forms of secularism and their far-reaching global consequences.

Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics

This Handbook provides a definitive global survey of the interaction of religion and politics.

Author: Jeffrey Haynes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134121779

Category: Political Science

Page: 445

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From the United States to the Middle East, Asia and Africa, religion has become an increasingly important factor in political activity and organisation. This Handbook provides a 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' and science and religion. Four main themes addressed include: the World religions and politics religion and governance religion and international relations religion, security and development. References at the end of each chapter guide the reader towards the most up-to-date information on various topics. In addition, large amounts of information make this book an indispensable source of information for students, academics and the wider public interested in the dynamic relationship between politics and religion.

Religion and International Relations Theory

Annotation Through models that integrate religion into the study of international politics, the essays in this collection offer a guide to updating the field.

Author: Jack Snyder

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231153386

Category: Political Science

Page: 234

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Annotation Through models that integrate religion into the study of international politics, the essays in this collection offer a guide to updating the field.

Religion in a Global Age

This collection of seminal and provocative essays draws together writings on religion and globalization, conflict, development, and international relations theory from the scholar Scott M Thomas.

Author: Scott Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415737966

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This collection of seminal and provocative essays draws together writings on religion and globalization, conflict, development, and international relations theory from the scholar Scott M Thomas. Through a detailed introduction and conclusion written specifically for the volume, Thomas seeks to sculpt them into a new argument regarding religion, theology, politics, and international relations beginning to carve out a space for a interpretive approach to the study of religion and international relations. The essays are structured into three key sections: Bringing Religion Back into the Theory of International Relations International Security and the Global Resurgence of Religion The Catholic Church and the Study of International Relations Arguing that more time needs to be spent considering who benefits from the way the religious turn in IR has been constructed and what is it supposed to accomplish, this work from a scholar at the forefront of the debate will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of religion & politics, theology, security studies and international relations. .