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The Price of Freedom Denied : Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century - Brian J. Grim

The Price of Freedom Denied

Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

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"We have all heard numerous anecdotes about religious persecution around the world. Now, Brian Grim and Roger Finke provide the most comprehensive empirical overview of persecution available to date, detailing both when and where it is occurring. As an added bonus, their research explains why such persecution occurs. This book sets a new standard for research on religious freedom and should be in easy reach of any scholar, missionary, or human rights activist interested in the just treatment of people of faith."-Anthony Gill, University of Washington

"A true global landmark, this work is one of the most important contributions to the struggle for religious freedom and international peace since the 1918 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With rigor and flair, Grim and Finke probe the timeless question of why religious liberty matters. Their answer is theoretically elegant and empirically powerful: Restrictions on religious freedom produce persecution and conflict, undermine democracy and contribute to terrorism and international instability. For policy makers and religious leaders across the globe, this book offers a way to navigate the crucible of the twenty-first century - living with our differences in a volatile world."-Allen Hertzke, University of Oklahoma

"This is the most necessary book I have encountered in many years."-Rodney Stark, Baylor University, author of The Rise of Christianity

'... provides a data driven but accessible counter argument to Samuel P. Huntington's 'clash of civilisations' theory ... Throughout ... Grim and Finke deal with the most politically and culturally sensitive areas of study with delicacy but also with a directness that is refreshing, most notably in their in-depth exploration of the high rates of religious persecution present in many Muslim-majority societies. By identifying the elephant in the corner that is so often unacknowledged in discussions of conflict - the very nature of Islam itself - the authors provide insight into one of the most politically delicate areas of social scientific study ... [brings] together a decade's worth of research ... a challenge to those who seek to downplay the role of religion in modern conflict and violence ... an invaluable evidence base for policy makers in all countries seeking ways to reduce persecution.' Rachel Dearlove, LSE Politics blog (blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy)
'The Price of Freedom Denied sets the standard for further study of religious persecution and the value of religious freedom. It should be read by anyone interested in those issues or their implications for democracy, peace, and economic prosperity.' Thomas F. Farr, Journal of Church and State
'[A] dense and thought-provoking book ... with the dispassion and technical sophistication of a NASA camera photographing Earth.' Jonathan Benthall, The Times Literary Supplement

Preface: Religions' Shared Experience of Religious Persecution and Conflictp. ix
Religious Persecution: Pervasive and Perniciousp. 1
Religious Freedom: Broken Promisesp. 25
Persecution: The Price of Freedom Deniedp. 61
Case Studies: Japan (High Levels of Religious Freedoms), Brazil (Freedoms with Some Tensions), and Nigeria (Partitioned Religion-State Power)p. 88
A Closer Look: China (Religion Viewed as a Threat), India (Social Monopoly), and Iran (Social and Political Monopoly)p. 120
What about Muslim-Majority Countries?p. 160
Do Religious Freedoms Really Matter?p. 202
Appendix: Testing the Competing Argumentsp. 215
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780521146838
ISBN-10: 0521146836
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.39