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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft


In recent years, the importance of religion in the study and conduct of international affairs has come precipitously into view. This book seeks both to interrogate the problematic neglect of religion in extant scholarship and to take the first steps towards its rectification. Drawing on the work of leading scholars across many disciplines as well as policy makers and analysts, this books aims to form an authoritative guide to the interconnections of religion and global politics. The chapters aim to convey a sense for the big puzzles, issues, and questions in six major areas. Chapters criticall ... More

Keywords: religion, global politics, secularization thesis, democracy, juridico-political discourse, human rights, violent conflict, humanitarian aid, socio-economic development, media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Samuel Shah, editor
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

Alfred Stepan, editor
Columbia University

Monica Duffy Toft, editor
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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Front Matter


Timothy Samuel Shah

PART } I Religion, Secularism, and Secularization

3 } The Politics of Secularism

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

PART } II Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights

Part } III Religion, Conflict, and Peacemaking

Part } IV Religion, Humanitarianism, and Civil Society

10 } Where Is the Religion?

Michael Barnett

12 } Religion and Development

Katherine Marshall

PART } V Religion and the Media

14 } Islam and the Promenades of Global Media

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, and Nichole J. Allem

Part } VI Religion and American Foreign Policy

16 } God's Country?

Walter Russell Mead

18 } Navigating in the Fog

Frederick D. Barton, Shannon Hayden, and Karin von Hippel