Edited Collection – Nations under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the 21st Century

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Nations under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the Twenty-First Century –
an E-IR Edited Collection. Edited by Luke M. Herrington, Alasdair McKay & Jeffrey Haynes

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This edited collection presents a balanced analysis of the multifaceted roles taken on by religions, and religious actors, in global politics. The volume brings together over thirty leading scholars from a variety of disciplines such as political science, IR theory, sociology, theology, anthropology, and geography.

Utilising case studies, empirical investigations, and theoretical examinations, this book focuses on the complex roles that religions play in world affairs. It seeks to move beyond the simplistic narratives and overly impassioned polemics which swamp the discourse on the subject in the media, on the internet, and in popular nonfiction.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
Luke M. Herrington and Alasdair McKay

PART ONE – UNDERSTANDING RELIGION(S) IN THE WORLD TODAY

  1. THE RELIGIOUS RESURGENCE: PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY
    Stephen Dawson
  2. ‘LITTLE DO THEY KNOW…’ HOW (NOT) TO THEORISE RELIGION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
    Jodok Troy
  3. SHIFTING TERRITORIAL ORDERS AND RELIGION
    Gertjan Dijkink
  4. THE FOUR RELIGIONS OF FOREIGN POLICY
    John A. Rees
  5. LOOKING BACK TO SEE FORWARD: ROMANTICISM, RELIGION AND THE SECULAR IN MODERNITY
    Mark S. Cladis
  6. THE CONTEMPORARY AMBIGUITIES OF RELIGIONS AS A SOURCE OF CIVILISATIONAL IDENTITY
    Fabio Petito

PART TWO – THE NATION-STATE AND SOCIETY

  1. RELIGION’S CHANGING FORM AND RELATION TO THE STATE SINCE 1989
    Linda Woodhead
  2. THE SECULAR–RELIGIOUS COMPETITION PERSPECTIVE
    Jonathan Fox
  3. CHURCH, STATE AND CULTURE: SHOULD RELIGION BE A PRIVATE MATTER?
    Brendan Sweetman
  4. HOLISM, RELIGION AND GEOPOLITICS
    Don Handelman
  5. RELIGIOUS POLITICS AND THE RISE OF ILLIBERAL RELIGION
    Scott W. Hibbard
  6. ASSESSING STATE AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS: A COMMENT FROM THE CASE OF ANGOLA
    Ruy Llera Blanes
  7. THE GEOPOLITICS OF RELIGIOUS PERFORMANCE IN TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY TAIWAN
    Fang-long Shih
  8. MORE RUSSIAN THAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY: RUSSIAN PAGANISM AS NATIONALIST POLITICS
    Kaarina Aitamurto

PART THREE – VIOLENCE AND PEACE

  1. SOCIOTHEOLOGY: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS
    Mona Kanwal Sheikh
  2. WHAT’S GOD GOT TO DO WITH IT? VIOLENCE, HOSTILITY AND RELIGION TODAY
    Lee Marsden
  3. THE FUTURE OF ISLAMIC STATE SYSTEMS IN LIGHT OF RISING SECTARIAN TENSIONS
    Shireen T. Hunter
  4. THE GEOPOLITICS OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
    Nilay Saiya
  5. IS THERE A RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY PEACE DIVIDEND?
    Dan G. Cox
  6. INTER-RELIGIOUS WORK FOR PEACE THROUGH GLOBALISED TRANSNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY
    Pauline Kollontai

PART FOUR – HUMAN RIGHTS AND INSTITUTIONS

  1. FAITH-BASED ORGANISATIONS AT THE UNITED NATIONS
    Jeffrey Haynes
  2. NATIONAL RELIGIONS: HOW TO BE BOTH UNDER GOD AND UNDER THE EUROPEAN UNION?
    François Foret
  3. RELIGION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: THE FORGOTTEN FACTOR
    Brent F. Nelsen and James L. Guth
  4. RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND RELIGION’S CONTRIBUTION TO GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY
    Paul S. Rowe
  5. WHOSE GOD? A HUMAN RIGHTS APPROACH
    Paul Martin
  6. GLOBAL CHRISTIAN NETWORKS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY
    Allen D. Hertzke
  7. ISLAM AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN PAKISTAN
    Ishtiaq Ahmed
  8. BUILDING A REFORM MOVEMENT: COULD MUSLIMS EMULATE NINETEENTH CENTURY JUDAISM?
    Jonathan Benthall
  9. THE RELIGION AGENDA: THE SAHRAWI REFUGEES AND THE POLITICS OF TOLERANCE
    Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

CONCLUSION
Timothy Fitzgerald

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