Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

1st Edition

Katherine Marshall

Routledge
Published February 25, 2013
Reference - 240 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415780452 - CAT# Y107718
Series: Global Institutions

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Summary

This work fills a significant gap in the current literature by providing a concise introduction to religious institutions and an insightful analysis of their role in world affairs.

Focusing on formal institutions specifically dedicated to governing religious communities, the work examines the intersections between religious and other global institutions, set against the fundamental question: why and how do these intersections matter?

The work explores the role of religion within key issues including

  • Human rights
  • Human security
  • International development and humanitarian relief
  • Climate change
  • Moral responsibilities

The new forms that religious institutions are taking, their fit with human rights and democratic ideals, their changing nature in plural societies, are a highly relevant part of the global institutional picture and this book is essential reading for all students and scholars of global institutions, international relations and religion.

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