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Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics


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This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).

The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.

Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.

In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.

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Religion in the Era of Postsecularism

Religion in the Era of Postsecularism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Uchenna Okeja
September 03, 2019

Exploring the viability of new perspectives on secularisation and the idea of postsecularism, this book reflects on their relevance when considered in the context of different societies within and outside the West. The topic of secularisation has been recently reconsidered by prominent theorists,...

Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations: The Political Struggle to Define International Free Speech Norms

Free Speech, Religion and the United Nations: The Political Struggle to Define International Free Speech Norms

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Heini í Skorini
August 14, 2019

This book explores the political struggle to interpret and define the meaning, the scope and the implications of human rights norms in general and freedom of expression in particular. From the Rushdie affair and the Danish cartoon affair to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and draconian legislation...

Racialization, Islamophobia and Mistaken Identity: The Sikh Experience

Racialization, Islamophobia and Mistaken Identity: The Sikh Experience

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Hardeep Singh
July 29, 2019

Exploring the issue of Islamophobic attacks against Sikhs since 9/11, this book explains the historical, religious and legal foundations and frameworks for understanding race hate crime against the Sikh community in the UK. Focusing on the backlash that Sikhs in the UK have faced since 9/11, the...

Contested Holy Cities: The Urban Dimension of Religious Conflicts

Contested Holy Cities: The Urban Dimension of Religious Conflicts

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Dumper
May 31, 2019

Examining contestation and conflict management within holy cities, this book provides both an overview and a range of options available to those concerned with this increasingly urgent phenomenon. In cities in India, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, we can see examples where religion plays a...

Modern Papal Diplomacy and Social Teaching in World Affairs

Modern Papal Diplomacy and Social Teaching in World Affairs

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Mariano P. Barbato, Robert J. Joustra, Dennis R. Hoover
May 29, 2019

This comprehensive collection offers a concise introduction to the institutional framework of the Holy See, conceptualizing papal agency and positions from a range of international theory perspectives. The authors – international scholars from political science, history, and religious studies –...

Catholic Mediations in Southern Europe: The Invisible Politics of Religion

Catholic Mediations in Southern Europe: The Invisible Politics of Religion

1st Edition

Xabier Itçaina
November 16, 2018

Investigating the role played by religious actors in sociopolitical issues as a manifestation of the invisible politics of religion, this book concentrates on the social economy, support to migrants, the fight against social exclusion and pacifist campaigns, where religious actors have played...

Religion and the Realist Tradition: From Political Theology to International Relations Theory and Back

Religion and the Realist Tradition: From Political Theology to International Relations Theory and Back

1st Edition

Jodok Troy
July 31, 2018

This volume picks up a rather uninvested field of international relations theory: the influence of religion on Realism as well as the power of Realism to address religious issues in world politics. Although classical scholars of Realism rarely mention religion explicitly in their well-known work,...

The Politics of New Atheism

The Politics of New Atheism

1st Edition

Stuart McAnulla, Steven Kettell, Marcus Schulzke
July 05, 2018

New atheism is best known as a literary and media phenomenon which has resulted in the widespread discussion of the anti-religious arguments of authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, yet it also has strongly political dimensions. This book analyses the political...

Religious NGOs at the United Nations: Polarizers or Mediators?

Religious NGOs at the United Nations: Polarizers or Mediators?

1st Edition

Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Klaus Dieter Wolf
July 02, 2018

Examining the involvement of religious NGOs (RNGOs) at the UN, this book explores whether they polarize political debates at the UN or facilitate agreement on policy issues. The number of RNGOs engaging with the United Nations (UN) has grown considerably in recent years: RNGOs maintain relations...

Religious Responses to Marriage Equality

Religious Responses to Marriage Equality

1st Edition

Luke E Perry
May 10, 2018

The Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) ended a 20-year political battle over same-sex marriage in the USA. The ruling in favor of a constitutional right for gays and lesbians to marry reflected growing social acceptance and political rights for gays and lesbians. At the same time,...

God and the EU: Faith in the European Project

God and the EU: Faith in the European Project

1st Edition

Jonathan Chaplin, Gary Wilton
April 25, 2018

The current political, economic and financial crises facing the EU reveal a deeper cultural, indeed spiritual, malaise – a crisis in ‘the soul of Europe’. Many observers are concluding that the EU cannot be restored to health without a new appreciation of the contribution of religion to its past...

An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice

An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice

2nd Edition

Jonathan Fox
February 21, 2018

This fully revised edition offers a comprehensive overview of the many theories of religion and politics and provides students with an accessible, in-depth guide to the subject’s most significant debates, issues, and methodologies. It begins by asking the basic questions of how social scientists...

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