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God's Century : Resurgent Religion and Global Politics - Daniel Philpott

God's Century

Resurgent Religion and Global Politics

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Is religion a force for good or evil in world politics? How much influence does it have?

Despite predictions of its decline, religion has resurged in political influence across the globe, helped by the very forces that were supposed to bury it: democracy, globalization, and technology. And despite recent claims that religion is exclusively irrational and violent, its political influence is in fact diverse, sometimes promoting civil war and terrorism but at other times fostering democracy, reconciliation, and peace.

Looking across the globe, the authors explain what generates these radically divergent behaviors. In a time when the public discussion of religion is overheated, these dynamic young scholars use deeply original analysis and sharp case studies to show us both how and why religion's influence on global politics is surging. Finally they offer concrete suggestions on how to both confront the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities posed by globally resurgent religion.

About the Authors

Monica Duffy Toft is associate professor of public policy and director of the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Daniel Philpott is associate professor of political science and peace studies, University of Notre Dame.

Timothy Samuel Shah is Associate Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

List of Tablesp. ix
The Twenty-First Century as God's Centuryp. 1
Behind the Politics of Religionp. 20
The Rise of Politically Assertive Religionp. 48
Religion and Global Democratizationp. 82
The ôGlocalö Dimensions of Religious Terrorismp. 121
Religious Civil Wars: Nasty, Brutish, and Longp. 147
Militants for Peace and Justicep. 174
Ten Rules for Surviving God's Centuryp. 207
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 263
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780393069266
ISBN-10: 0393069265
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1