December 6, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138337480 - CAT# K393829
Series: Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics
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Is religion a factor in initiating interstate armed conflict, and do different religions have different effects? Breaking new ground in political science, this book explores these questions both qualitatively and quantitively, concluding that the answer is yes.
Previous studies have focused on conflict within states or interstate aggression with overtly religious motivations; in contrast, Brown shows how religion affects states’ propensities to militarise even disputes that are not religious in nature. Different religions are shown to have different influences on those propensities, and those influences are linked to the war ethics inculcated in those religions. The book analyses and classifies war ethics contained in religious scripture and other religious classics, teachings of religions’ contemporary epistemic communities, and religions’ historical narratives. Using data from the new Religious Characteristics of States dataset project, qualitative studies are combined with empirical measurements of governments’ institutional preferences and populations’ cultures.
This book will provide interesting insights to scholars and researchers in international security studies, political science, international law, sociology, and religious studies.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: How Religious War Ethics Translate to State Action
Chapter 3: Research Design, Independent Variable, and Preliminary Results
Chapter 4: The Restrictive War Ethic in Christianity
Chapter 5: The Permissive War Ethic in Islam
Chapter 6: The Bi-Modal War Ethic in Buddhism
Chapter 7: Conclusion