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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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Religious NGOs in International Relations: The Construction of 'the Religious' and 'the Secular'

Religious NGOs in International Relations: The Construction of 'the Religious' and 'the Secular'

1st Edition

Karsten Lehmann
October 12, 2017

Over the last 30 years, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly present in international discourses and ​active in international decision-making. Among the estimated several million NGOs in existence today, an increasingly visible number of organizations are defining...

The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology

The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology

1st Edition

Robert J. Joustra
August 15, 2017

Rival understandings of the meaning and practice of the religious and the secular lead to rival public perspectives about religion and religious freedom in North America. This book explores how debates over the American Office of Religious Freedom and its International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA,...

Religion and Soft Power in the South Caucasus

Religion and Soft Power in the South Caucasus

1st Edition

Ansgar Jödicke
August 10, 2017

In the Caucasus region, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and their powerful neighbours Russia, Turkey, Iran and the EU negotiate their future policies and spheres of influence. This volume explores the role of religion in the South Caucasus to describe and explain how transnational religious...

Religion, State and the United Nations: Value Politics

Religion, State and the United Nations: Value Politics

1st Edition

Anne Stensvold
August 15, 2016

This volume approaches the UN as a laboratory of religio-political value politics. Over the last two decades religion has acquired increasing influence in international politics, and religious violence and terrorism has attracted much scholarly attention. But there is another parallel development...

European Culture Wars and the Italian Case: Which side are you on?

European Culture Wars and the Italian Case: Which side are you on?

1st Edition

Luca Ozzano, Alberta Giorgi
September 21, 2015

This book aims to understand the European political debate about contentious issues, framed in terms of religious values by religious and/or secular actors in 21st century. It specifically focuses on the Italian case, which, due to its peculiar history and contemporary political landscape, is a...

Religion, Identity and Human Security

Religion, Identity and Human Security

1st Edition

Giorgio Shani
August 19, 2015

This work seeks to provide a fresh examination of the relationship between religion, identity and security in a globalizing world, arguing that in order to address human security issues we must seek a reconceptualization of human security along post-secular lines. Religion, Identity and Human...

Religion in International Relations Theory: Interactions and Possibilities

Religion in International Relations Theory: Interactions and Possibilities

1st Edition

Nukhet Sandal, Jonathan Fox
July 18, 2015

There is a growing realization among international relations scholars and practitioners that religion is a critical factor in global politics. The Iranian Revolution, the September 11 attacks, the ethno-religious conflicts such as the ones in the former Yugoslavia and Sri Lanka are among the many...

Muslims and Political Participation in Britain

Muslims and Political Participation in Britain

1st Edition

Timothy Peace
May 14, 2015

This new volume showcases the latest research into Muslim political participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives. Muslims play a prominent role in British political life yet what do we actually know about the involvement of British Muslims beyond the existence of...

Representing Religion in the European Union: Does God Matter?

Representing Religion in the European Union: Does God Matter?

1st Edition

Lucian N. Leustean
April 27, 2015

Religious actors are becoming part of the EU bureaucratic system, and their mobilisation in Brussels and Strasbourg in the last decade has increased dramatically. This book explores the mechanism and impact of religious representation by examining relations between religious practitioners and...

Conservative Christian Politics in Russia and the United States: Dreaming of Christian nations

Conservative Christian Politics in Russia and the United States: Dreaming of Christian nations

1st Edition

John Anderson
October 09, 2014

This book explores the politics of conservative Christian churches and social movements in Russia and the United States, focusing on their similar concerns but very different modes of political engagement. Whilst secularisation continues to chip away at religious adherence and practice in Europe,...

Christians and the Middle East Conflict

Christians and the Middle East Conflict

1st Edition

Paul S Rowe, John H.A. Dyck, Jens Zimmermann
June 11, 2014

Christians and the Middle East Conflict deals with the relationship of Christians and Christian theology to the various conflicts in the Middle East, a topic that is often sensationalized but still insufficiently understood. Political developments over the last two decades, however, have prompted...

Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere

Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere

1st Edition

Maria Rovisco, Sebastian Kim
January 30, 2014

Although emerging scholarship in the social sciences suggests that religion can be a potential catalyst of cosmopolitanism and global citizenship, few attempts have been made to bring to the fore new theoretical positions and empirical analyses of how cosmopolitanism -- as a philosophical notion, a...

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