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Religion and Global Politics


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1: Introduction and Theoretical Overview A New Beginning? Religion in the Pre-modern International System The Post-Westphalian System and the Secularization of Global Politics Modernization and Secularization Critiques of Secularization Perspectives on the Politics of Ethnicity and Religion Taking Culture Seriously Responses to Globalization 9/11 and After Understanding Religion: Definitions and Directions Religion and Global Politics: A Survey Part I: Religion and the Domestic Bases of State and Foreign Policy 2: The Roman Catholic Church A Brief History of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church The Modernizing Church: Changes under Vatican II The Church and the Vatican Today Liberation Theology Responses to Liberation Theology A Diversity of Political Movements The Church under Benedict XVI 3: Christianity and US Politics The 'City upon a Hill': Competing Themes in US Politics Religion in American Public Life: A Historic Perspective The Twentieth Century and 'Social Christianity' Christianity and the US 'Mission' in the World: The Cold War Streams of Christian Activism The Rise of the 'Religious Right' Onward Christian Soldiers? Seeds of a Middle Way Other Religions and US Politics 4: Judaism, Zionism, and Israeli Politics A Brief History of Zionism Dimensions of Zionism to 1948 Political and Ethnic Divisions in the State of Israel 'Greater Israel' The Settler Movement and the Rise of Israeli Revisionism The Rise of Shas Religious Parties and Coalition Politics The Wider Coalition: Christian Zionism 5: Political Islam and the State Introduction to Islam The Fusion of Islam and Politics: A Contentious Debate The Medieval and Colonial Ages The Birth of Modern Islamic Activism Revolutions and Revivalism: Islamism to the 1980s The Crucible of Radicalization: Afghanistan, bin Laden, and Militant Jihad Islamism Today: Democrats and Demagogues The Sunni-Shi'i Divide 6: Religion and Politics in India What Is Hinduism? Hinduism, Islam, and Indian Independence The Rise of Hindu Nationalism Sikh and Hindu Nationalist Movements in the 1980s The Ayodhya Incident and the Rise of the BJP Hindutva, Foreign Policy, and the Issue of Kashmir Flashpoints and Pressures: The Continuing Problem of Interreligious Relations 7: Buddhism and Politics Buddhism's Rise and Eclipse in India The Basic Tenets and Vehicles of Buddhism Sri Lanka: Buddhism Betrayed? Buddhism in East and Southeast Asia: Protest and Peace Tibetan Nationalism: Unattainable Nirvana? Part II: Religion and Global Order 8: Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights Religion and the Expansion of Liberal Democracy Human Rights and Constraints on Religious Freedom Religions, Human Rights, and Democracy Religion in International Human Rights Religion and Human Rights in Practice Religious Freedom and the Politics of Human Rights 9: Religion and War 'Religious' Wars of the Past Religion and War in the Modern World The Just War Tradition The Tradition of War in Islam Himsa and Ahimsa Traditions in Hinduism and Buddhism Religion and Terrorism 10: Religion and Conflict Resolution Religious Resources for Conflict Resolution Religious Activism in Support of Conflict Resolution Religion as Interested Observer Religion as Peacemaker Religion as Protagonist Religion as Peace 11: Transnational Religion, Globalization, and Development Religion and Globalization The Influence of Transnational Organization: Global Religious Networks Religion, the Media, and the Global Political Sphere Migration, Religion, and Integration Religion and Development A Divided World? Notions of Division Based on Religion and Civilization 12: Conclusion: Religion in a 'Secular' Age? The Rise and Decline of the Secular State A Secular Age? Hostility or Hospitality?

About the Author

Paul S. Rowe is Associate Professor in Political Studies and Coordinator of International Studies at Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC, Canada. Dr. Rowe grew up in Canada and completed undergraduate and master's work at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University. He completed his PhD in Political Science at McGill University in 2003. His research interests lie in the politics of religion in the developing world and at the global level, with a special interest in the Middle East and South Asia.


"Excellent through and through. This is a volume . . . long overdue in the interdisciplinary field of religion and politics. The book can be successfully used with students in political science and religious studies." --Lucien Turcescu, Concordia University "A book like this is a fine balancing act. . . . This [one] does it very well." --Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa

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