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Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World

SUNY Series in Religion, Culture & Society

By Emile Sahliyeh (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 374 pages
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Published In: United States, 01 August 1990
This book examines the highly politicized religious groups and movements that have surfaced since the late 1970s in the United States, Central America, South Africa, the Philippines, India, and the Middle East. Sahliyeh and others analyze this trend toward the politicization of religious conservatism and question a number of assumptions central to concepts of modernization. For example, it has been assumed by development theorists that the interrelated components of modernization would enhance the trend toward secularization of societies. This book shows that in many societies today religious revivalism and fundamentalism seem to be direct products of modernization. A global, comparative approach is utilized to formulate general explanations for religious revivalism and its implications for modernization, development, and politics.

Table of Contents

Foreword Part I Explaining the Phenomenon of Religious Resurgence 1. Religious Resurgence and Political Modernization Emile Sahliyeh 2. The Stubborn Persistence of Religion in the Global Arena Anson Shupe 3. The Incurably Religious Animal Joe Barnhart 4. The Limits of Religious Resurgence Donald Eugene Smith Part II Religious Resurgence of the Conservative Protestants in the United States, Central America, and South Africa 5. The New Christian Right in American Politics: Mobilization Amid Modernization Kenneth D. Wald 6. Christian Fundamentalists and the Imperatives of American Politics Allen D. Hertzke 7. What Do the Evangelicals Want? Ronald Nash 8. Onward Christian Soldiers: The Case of Protestantism in Central America Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy 9. Divided Evangelicals in South Africa Lawrence Jones Part III The Church: An Instrument for Political Protest and Modernization 10. Liberalism in Search of a Political Agenda Lonnie D. Kliever 11. The Revival of Church and State in the Philippines:Churches and Religion in the People Power Revolution and After C. Neal Tate 12. The Sword and the Cross: Church-State Conflict in Latin America Michael Dodson Part IV Religious Resurgence: A Mechanism for Social Discontent and Political Change 13. The Islamic Revival as Conservatism and as Progress in Contemporary Egypt Louis J. Cantori 14. Women and Religion in a Modern Islamic Society: The Case of Kuwait Jamal Sanad and Mark Tessler 15. Shi'i Islam: Bonyadgiri or Fundamentalism? Gregory F. Rose 16. Religious Resurgence and Political Mobilization of the Shi'a in Lebanon Augustus Richard Norton 17. The Politics of Religious Resurgence and Religious Terrorism: The Case of the Sikhs of India Karandeep Singh 18. Religion and Politics in the Jewish State of Israel Mark Tessler Part V Afterword 19. Concluding Remarks Emile Sahliyeh Contributors Notes Index

About the Author

Emile Sahliyeh is Associate Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of North Texas.


"The topic is currently of global interest. In my view it makes a significant contribution to the understanding of complex issues that affect us all. At the same time it will stimulate useful debate in the fields of religion, politics, and social theory." - Harold H. Oliver, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Boston University School of Theology

EAN: 9780791403822
ISBN: 0791403823
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.18 centimetres (0.68 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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