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Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics$
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Thomas Banchoff

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323405.001.0001

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Causes of Quarrel: What’s Special about Religious Disputes?

Causes of Quarrel: What’s Special about Religious Disputes?

(p.41) 2 Causes of Quarrel: What’s Special about Religious Disputes?
Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks why domestic and international political disputes are so difficult to resolve once they have religious stakes. The chapter's answer centers on the centrality of religious identity and its role in integrating other aspects of personal identity, underwriting ethical commitments, and defining the national community. When it is a salient identity marker, religion is difficult to sacrifice or compromise. The political explosiveness of religious identity and national identity is heightened in a world where globalization is unsettling the latter.

Keywords:   international, religion, identity, ethics, globalization

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