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Faith in NumbersReligion, Sectarianism, and Democracy$
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Michael Hoffman

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197538012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197538012.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Faith in Numbers

Michael Hoffman

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the key issues addressed in the book. Why does religion sometimes strengthen support for democracy and sometimes do just the opposite? This book argues that theological explanations alone cannot account for the wide variety of influences that religion can have on political preferences. It argues, instead, that we must consider the role of group interests. The book presents a new theory that uses an interest-based approach to explain these complex relationships. Evidence from Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere supports these claims.

Keywords:   Religion, Democracy, Political Behavior, Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics

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