Religion and Political Theory

Featuring the work of both established and up-and-coming scholars, this collection will take stock of the recent turn towards religion in political theory, identify some of the major unresolved challenges and issues, and suggest new avenues ...

Author: Jonathan Seglow

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ISBN: 1785523155

Category: Political Science

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Featuring the work of both established and up-and-coming scholars, this collection will take stock of the recent turn towards religion in political theory, identify some of the major unresolved challenges and issues, and suggest new avenues for theoretical inquiry.
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An Introduction to Religion and Politics

This work will be essential reading for all students of religion and politics, and will also be of great interest to those studying related subjects such as comparative politics, international relations and war and conflict studies.

Author: Jonathan Fox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136206900

Category: Political Science

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An Introduction to Religion and Politics offers a comprehensive overview of the many theories of religion and politics, and provides students with an accessible but in-depth account of the most significant debates, issues and methodologies. Fox examines the ways in which religion influences politics, analyses the current key issues and provides a state of the art account of religion and politics, highlighting the diversity in state religion policies around the world. Topics covered include: Secularism and secularization Religious identity Religious worldviews, beliefs, doctrines and theologies Religious legitimacy Religious institutions and mobilization Rational and functional religion Religious fundamentalism Conflict, violence and terror This work combines theoretical analysis with data on the religion policies of 177 governments, showing that while most of the world's government support religion and many restrict it; true neutrality on the issue of religion is extremely rare. Religion is becoming an inescapable issue in politics. This work will be essential reading for all students of religion and politics, and will also be of great interest to those studying related subjects such as comparative politics, international relations and war and conflict studies.
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From Political Theory to Political Theology

This book offers a collection of essays on Religion and Democracy which critically discusses the most important questions that characterize these debates at the points of their intersection within political theory, political theology and ...

Author: Péter Losonczi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441171511

Category: Religion

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During the last two decades we have witnessed what José Casanova has characterised as "religion going public". This has not been a trend exclusive to traditionally religious nations. Rather, it has been visible in as diverse environments as that of the construction of the new Russian political identity or in the "post-9/11" political discourses of the USA. Surprisingly, important religious manifestations also influenced the political discourses in Britain and, more recently, in France. Partly as a consequence of these phenomena an intensive debate is now evolving about the compatibility of the neutrality of liberal democracy in relation to religiously motivated opinions in public discourses, and the conditions under which such religiously driven contributions could viably "go public". This book offers a collection of essays on Religion and Democracy which critically discusses the most important questions that characterize these debates at the points of their intersection within political theory, political theology and the philosophy of religion, and considers both the challenges and the prospects of this new era which, following Habermas, one may call post-secular.
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SOCIO POLITICAL THEORY AND RELIGION

This book aims to understand the role of religion, in particular Islam, in the globalized world; therefore, examines major debates about the role of religion in social and political theory with an emphasis on recent phenomena including ...

Author: FATİH VAROL, PhD

Publisher: YALIN YAYINCILIK

ISBN: 9786059579513

Category: Religion

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This book aims to understand the role of religion, in particular Islam, in the globalized world; therefore, examines major debates about the role of religion in social and political theory with an emphasis on recent phenomena including globalization, modernity, democracy, neoliberalism, secularism, citizenship and religious terror. This study examines the complex and interconnected relationship between these phenomena and its impact on religion to provide a deep perspective. A large number of studies verify that it is not possible to defend the secularization thesis because of the lack of evidence for the decline of religion under the impact of the modernization process. In contrast, religion has increased its impact all over the world under the impact of the globalization process. Because of the identification of the resurgence of religion with the upsurge of violence, authoritarianism, and dogmatism, it is sometimes considered a threat to the modern liberal societies in academia. However, this book points out that the resurgence of religion is not a threat to modern liberal values because religion has been mostly adapted to the modern world and generated a legitimate sphere in modern societies even if the globalization process leads to the radicalization of some religious groups in many parts of the world.
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Kierkegaard and Political Theory

In Kierkegaard and Political Theory, contributors from a wide range of disciplines—including theology, sociology, philosophy, and aesthetics—examine just how crucial Kierkegaard's anti-institutional thinking has been to such efforts and ...

Author: Armen Avanessian

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN: 9788763541541

Category: Philosophy

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Søren Kierkegaard's radical protestant philosophy of the individual—in which a person's leap of faith is favored over general ethics—has become a model for many contemporary political theorists. Thinkers such as Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou have drawn on its revolutionary spirit to position truth above the constraints of political systems. In Kierkegaard and Political Theory, contributors from a wide range of disciplines—including theology, sociology, philosophy, and aesthetics—examine just how crucial Kierkegaard's anti-institutional thinking has been to such efforts and to modernity as a whole. The contributors convincingly position Kierkegaard's radical philosophy as the starting point for contemporary political theory. They show how he pioneered a modernity defined as an argument— an experience—of the impossibility of rationally comprehending a system of thinking. They show how religious and aesthetic experiences function as a response to this impossibility, how their coherence in politics must always be questioned, especially in history's extreme example: totalitarianism. Engaging this and many other subjects, they provide a compelling new line in Kierkegaard studies that illuminates new contours of our political thought. Armen Avanessian is founder of the research platform Speculative Poetics at the Free University Berlin. Sophie Wennerscheid is professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Ghent.
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Sacred and Secular

This book develops a theory of existential security.

Author: Pippa Norris

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139499668

Category: Political Science

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This book develops a theory of existential security. It demonstrates that the publics of virtually all advanced industrial societies have been moving toward more secular orientations during the past half century, but also that the world as a whole now has more people with traditional religious views than ever before. This second edition expands the theory and provides new and updated evidence from a broad perspective and in a wide range of countries. This confirms that religiosity persists most strongly among vulnerable populations, especially in poorer nations and in failed states. Conversely, a systematic erosion of religious practices, values and beliefs has occurred among the more prosperous strata in rich nations.
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Rabbinic Political Theory

With this new study, Rabbinic Political Theory, he moves from the economics to the politics of the Mishnah, placing that politics in the broader context of ancient political theory.

Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226576515

Category: Religion

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In The Economics of the Mishnah Jacob Neusner showed how economics functioned as an active and generative ingredient in the system of the Mishnah. With this new study, Rabbinic Political Theory, he moves from the economics to the politics of the Mishnah, placing that politics in the broader context of ancient political theory. Neusner begins his study with a modification of Weber's categories for a theory of politics: myth, institutions, administration, passion, responsibility, and proportion. Detailing the Mishnah's conception of politics, Neusner considers what he calls the stable and static structure and system through comparison with Aristotle. Although Aristotle's Politics and the Mishnah share a common economic theory based on the fundamental unit of the householder, they diverge in their conceptions of political structure and order. Aristotle embeds economics within political economy, while, Neusner argues, the Mishnah presents the anomaly of an economics separated from politics. Using modern political terms, this study explicates the complicated politics developed by the philosopher-theologians of the Mishnah. It is a first-rate contribution to our understanding of the intersection of politics, political philosophy, and the Mishnaic system.
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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory

Political Theory 42 (6): 682–715. Dunn, John. 1991. “The Claim to Freedom of
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Author: Leigh K. Jenco

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190253752

Category: Philosophy

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"The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory provides an entry point into this burgeoning field by both synthesizing and challenging the terms that motivate it. The handbook demonstrates how mainstream political theory can and must be enriched through attention to genuinely global, rather than parochially Euro-American, contributions to political thinking. Entries emphasize exploration of substantive questions about political life-ranging from domination to political economy to the politics of knowledge-in a range of global contexts, with attention to whether and how those questions may be shared, contested, or reformulated across differences of time, space, and experience. They connect comparative political theory to cognate disciplines including postcolonial theory, area studies, and comparative politics. Creative organizational tools such as tags and keywords aid in navigation of the handbook to help readers trace disruptions, thematic connections, contrasts, and geographic affinities across entries"--
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Paradoxes of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Political Thought

The scholars in this volume explore those weak points in the hope that identifying their causes may help us strengthen our own ideas and promote toleration in ways that can avoid those paradoxes.

Author: John Christian Laursen

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739172179

Category: Political Science

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The early modern theories of religious toleration that were so influential on our own ways of thinking about religion and tolerance were ripe with paradox, ambiguity, inconsistency, hidden flaws, and blind spots. The scholars in this volume explore those weak points in the hope that identifying their causes may help us strengthen our own ideas and promote toleration in ways that can avoid those paradoxes.
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Religion and the Political Imagination

Utilising new approaches derived from history, philosophy, politics and anthropology, the essays collected in Religion and the Political Imagination offer new ways of thinking about the urgency of religious issues in the contemporary world.

Author: Ira Katznelson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139493178

Category: Political Science

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The theory of secularisation became a virtually unchallenged truth of twentieth-century social science. First sketched out by Enlightenment philosophers, then transformed into an irreversible global process by nineteenth-century thinkers, the theory was given substance by the precipitate drop in religious practice across Western Europe in the 1960s. However, the re-emergence of acute conflicts at the interface between religion and politics has confounded such assumptions. It is clear that these ideas must be rethought. Yet, as this distinguished, international team of scholars reveal, not everything contained in the idea of secularisation was false. Analyses of developments since 1500 reveal a wide spectrum of historical processes: partial secularisation in some spheres has been accompanied by sacralisation in others. Utilising new approaches derived from history, philosophy, politics and anthropology, the essays collected in Religion and the Political Imagination offer new ways of thinking about the urgency of religious issues in the contemporary world.
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Chains of Persuasion

The depths of these disagreements about the relationship between religion and
politics highlight the difficulties inherent ... framework for evaluating religion in
politics that improves on alternatives available both in academic political theory
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Author: Benjamin R. Hertzberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190883041

Category: Philosophy

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Democratic politics seems to inspire religious conflict - politicians consistently use religious differences for political gain, while religious nationalism and nationalistic reactions to religious diversity are on the rise in much of the world. And yet predominant theoretical accounts of liberal democracy provide citizens precious little applicable guidance in making judgments about religion's proper role in their political societies. Chains of Persuasion provides a new moral framework to guide citizens' evaluations of religious politics. Rejecting claims that religion must be relegated to the private sphere or that all attempts to evaluate its political roles are oppressive, Benjamin Hertzberg argues that democratic ideals are robust enough to assess the full range of ways religion influences democratic political life. Hertzberg's analysis draws on critical theories of religion, philosophical debates about public reason, deliberative and instrumental justifications of democracy, and democratic virtue theory. He argues that citizens must recognize that democracy is a way-of-life, with crucial implications for civic society beyond formal political institutions, in order to attend to the ways in which religion can both enhance and undermine democracy. He applies this framework by criticizing American public discussions of two prominent religious minorities: Mormons and Muslims. If citizens are to make judgments consistent with democratic norms, they must pay more attention to the nature of religions' authority claims instead of merely evaluating the values religions proclaim.
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Religion and Political Thought

Divided into three parts, this work introduces students to the study of 'Religion and Politics': its key concepts, most important texts and major issues of current debate.

Author: Michael Hoelzl

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826480064

Category: Religion

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Divided into three parts, this work introduces students to the study of 'Religion and Politics': its key concepts, most important texts and major issues of current debate. A range of classical texts are offered, with introductions and further reading, showing their genealogical association.
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Theology Political Theory and Pluralism

How can we live together in the midst of our differences? This is one of the most pressing questions of our time.

Author: Kristen Deede Johnson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139461153

Category: Religion

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How can we live together in the midst of our differences? This is one of the most pressing questions of our time. Tolerance has been the bedrock of political liberalism, while proponents of agonistic political thought and radical democracy have sought an answer that allows a deeper celebration of difference. Kristen Deede Johnson describes the move from tolerance to difference, and the accompanying move from epistemology to ontology, within political theory. Building on this 'ontological turn', in search of a theological answer to the question, she puts Augustine into conversation with recent political theorists and theologians. This theological option enables the Church to envision a way to engage with contemporary political society without losing its own embodied story and practices. It contributes to our broader political imagination by offering a picture of rich engagement between the many different particularities that constitute a pluralist society.
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The West and Islam

It throws light on why the West and Islam each developed their own particular kind of approach to government, politics, and the state, and on why these approaches are so different.

Author: Antony Black

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: UOM:39015073902895

Category: Political Science

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This comparative history of political thought examines what the Western and Islamic approaches to politics had in common and where they diverged. It throws light on why the West and Islam each developed their own particular kind of approach to government, politics, and the state, and on why these approaches are so different.
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The History of Islamic Political Thought

The History of Islamic Political Thought offers a full description and an interpretation of political philosophy from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2000 AD).

Author: Antony Black

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415932432

Category: Political Science

Page: 377

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The History of Islamic Political Thought offers a full description and an interpretation of political philosophy from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2000 AD). Antony Black takes the same approach as scholars usually do for the history of Western political thought, examining the mentality, cultural milieu, and political background of thinkers and statesmen. He covers the relationship of politics to religion, law, ethics, philosophy, and statecraft, as expressed through treatises, occasional writings, official rhetoric, popular slogans, and other evidence of how people thought about authority and order.
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Shah Waliullah 1703 1762

Waliullah, 1702 or 3-1763, leader of Ahl-i Hadith movement in India.

Author: Muḥammad Ikrām Cug̲h̲tāʼī

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ISBN: UVA:X030151398

Category: Muslim scholars

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Waliullah, 1702 or 3-1763, leader of Ahl-i Hadith movement in India.
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Religion and Politics

This is a collection of classic theologians' writings on religion and politics, along with major American documents on church and state.

Author: Garrett Ward Sheldon

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105044598931

Category: Political Science

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This is a collection of classic theologians' writings on religion and politics, along with major American documents on church and state. The most prominent Catholic and Protestant writers are included, along with representatives of Liberation Theology and the Christian Right. American documents on freedom of religion and leading Supreme Court cases on religious liberty complete the book.
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Buddhism and Political Theory

In part, this is because Buddhism is not typically seen as a school of political thought.

Author: Matthew J. Moore

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190631529

Category: Political Science

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Despite the recent upsurge of interest in comparative political theory, there has been virtually no serious examination of Buddhism by political philosophers in the past five decades. In part, this is because Buddhism is not typically seen as a school of political thought. However, as Matthew Moore argues, Buddhism simultaneously parallels and challenges many core assumptions and arguments in contemporary Western political theory. In brief, Western thinkers not only have a great deal to learn about Buddhism, they have a great deal to learn from it. To both incite and facilitate the process of Western theorists engaging with this neglected tradition, this book provides a detailed, critical reading of the key primary Buddhist texts, from the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha through the present day. It also discusses the relevant secondary literature on Buddhism and political theory (nearly all of it from disciplines other than political theory), as well as the literatures on particular issues addressed in the argument. Moore argues that Buddhist political thought rests on three core premises--that there is no self, that politics is of very limited importance in human life, and that normative beliefs and judgments represent practical advice about how to live a certain way, rather than being obligatory commands about how all persons must act. He compares Buddhist political theory to what he sees as Western analogues--Nietzsche's similar but crucially different theory of the self, Western theories of limited citizenship from Epicurus to John Howard Yoder, and to the Western tradition of immanence theories in ethics. This will be the first comprehensive treatment of Buddhism as political theory.
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Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach

Written by friends, colleagues, and students of Fortin, this book pays tribute to a remarkable thinker in a series of essays that bear eloquent testimony to Fortin's influence and his legacy.

Author: Ernest L. Fortin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739103105

Category: Religion

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For half a century, Ernest Fortin's scholarship has charmed and educated theologians and philosophers with its intellectual search for the best way to live. Written by friends, colleagues, and students of Fortin, this book pays tribute to a remarkable thinker in a series of essays that bear eloquent testimony to Fortin's influence and his legacy. A formidable commentator on Catholic philosophical and political thought, Ernest Fortin inspired others with his restless inquiries beyond the boundaries of conventional scholarship. With essays on subjects ranging across philosophy, political science, literature, and theology Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach reflects the astonishing depth and breadth of Fortin's contribution to contemporary thought.
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