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Bringing Religion Into International Relations : Culture and Religion in International Relations - Jonathan Fox

Bringing Religion Into International Relations

Culture and Religion in International Relations

By: Jonathan Fox (Editor), Shmuel Sandler (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th July 2004
ISBN: 9781403965516
Number Of Pages: 212

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This book examines the role religion plays in international relations as well as why this role has been ignored until now by international relations theorists. Fox and Sandler argue that while religion is not the driving force in world politics, international relations cannot be understood without taking religion into account. Religious legitimacy influences policy makers and their constituents; local religious phenomena, especially religious conflicts, cross borders; many transnational issues like human rights and population control have religious components. The authors also examine Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, which touches indirectly upon the role of religion in current world politics, and provide insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This book examines the role religion plays in international relations as well as why this role has been ignored until now by international relations theorists. Fox and Sandler argue that while religion is not the driving force in world politics, international relations cannot be understood without taking religion into account. Religious legitimacy influences policy makers and their constituents; local religious phenomena, especially religious conflicts, cross borders; many transnational issues like human rights and population control have religious components. The authors also examine Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, which touches indirectly upon the role of religion in current world politics, and provide insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

'This book, by two highly regarded experts on international conflict, takes an excellent step forward along a neglected path, namely, the one leading to the study of the impact of religion. This ambitious book succeeds in covering an agenda that ranges from theoretical issues about legitimacy to the role religion plays in the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In sum, this superb book contains much that will interest students of international relations, religion and area experts on the Middle East.' - Patrick James, Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri, USA, and Editor, International Studies Quarterly



'This broad-ranging and well documented analysis of the global impact of religion represents a felicitous combination of approaches. It deals at once with questions of ideology and legitimacy and the debate about conflicts of nationalism and ethnicity. It is a significant contribution to the study of international relations.' - William Safran, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA



'If 9/11 proved anything, it was the enormously influential role that religious extremism plays in contemporary affairs. Jonathan Fox and Shmuel Sandler understand the essential need for International Relations experts, at long last, to integrate a sophisticated understanding of religion into their analyses of world politics. Accordingly, they have provided an engaging and well-researched guidebook for the task. Bringing Religion into International Politics will quickly become the standard introduction and overview for anyone seeking to comprehend the complex dynamics of religion and power in the Twenty-first century.' - R. Scott Appleby, Author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, USA



'...a contribution that will enjoy wide acceptance as one of the first texts to urge for the inclusion of religious discourse through paradigm modification in international relations. Fox and Sandler have done a great service to the social sciences with the publication of this book.' - John K. Burk, International Journal of Public Theology

Introductionp. 1
The Overlooked Dimensionp. 9
Religion and Legitimacyp. 35
Local Religious Conflicts are International Issuesp. 63
Transnational Religious Phenomenap. 83
The Clash of Civilizations Debatep. 115
The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Case Study of Religion and International Politicsp. 137
Toward a Theory of International Relations and Religionp. 163
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9781403965516
ISBN-10: 140396551X
Series: Culture and Religion in International Relations
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 7th July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1