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Religion and Human SecurityA Global Perspective$
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James K. Wellman and Clark Lombardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.001.0001

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Washed by a Deluge

Washed by a Deluge

The Religious Struggle for Human Security in Algeria and Poland

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Religion and Human Security

Sayres S. Rudy

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an intriguing comparative case study which aims to bridge the Muslim and Christian worlds. Focusing on Algeria and Poland, it compares the impact of religious movements that resisted autocratic state governments on those countries. It addresses the puzzle of why religious protests against the state remained peaceful in Poland, where religious groups are widely considered to have benefited human security, but turned violent in Algeria, where they are widely considered to have been harmful. The explanation may rest in the fact that in Poland the government grudgingly allowed religious groups to provide for human security and to be a forum for the open expression of social desires. Algeria never permitted this. In other words the Polish government promoted the type of “compromise” that has been noted in other chapters in this book.

Keywords:   Muslims, Christians, Algeria, Poland, religious movements, autocratic governments, religious protests, human security

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