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Beyond the Death of God

Religion in 21st Century International Politics

Subjects: Religion, Political Science
Hardcover : 9780472075157, 438 pages, 4 tables, 6 x 9, May 2022
Open Access : 9780472902682, 438 pages, 4 tables, 6 x 9, May 2022
Paperback : 9780472055159, 438 pages, 4 tables, 6 x 9, May 2022

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Politics and religion remain entwined

Table of contents

1. Patricia Sohn, University of Florida—Gainesville
Simone Raudino, Kyiv School of Economics—Kyiv, Bridging Gaps—Hong Kong Editors' Introduction: Religion and Politics 2. Mark Tessler, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor Commentary: Modernization, Comparison, and Religion 3. Simone Raudino, Kyiv School of Economics—Kyiv, Bridging Gaps—Hong Kong Religion and Conflict: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence Section 2: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL CASES ACROSS REGIONS
4. CHRISTIANITY/EUROPE – Introductions
5. Marco Ferraro – Kyiv and Ankara The Genealogy of Morals in European Populist Movements 6. Antoine Arjakovsky, Collège des Bernardins—Paris Belief in Politics and Politics of Religion: The Case of Ukraine 7. Martin Chung, Hong Kong Baptist University—Hong Kong Secularism and Sectarianism in Christianity: The Case of Northern Ireland during the Troubles 8. ISLAM/AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST – Introductions
9. Abdourahmane (Rahmane) Idrissa, Leiden University – Leiden The Politics of Islam in the Sahel: Between Quiescence and Violence 10. Mutaz Al-Khatib, Hamid bin Khalifa University—Doha Religious versus Civilian Freedoms: The Case of Apostasy in Islam 11. Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim, Crisis Group – Dakar The Politicization of Religious Activism: The Case of Islamic Humanitarian Organizations 12. JUDAISM/MIDDLE EAST – Introductions
13. Patricia Sohn, University of Florida—Gainesville Global Trends in Religion and State: Secular Law and Freedom of Religion in Israel 14. Eti Peretz and Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University—Ramat Gan The Balancing of Religious and Democratic Values in the Israeli Judiciary: 1983 – 2006 15. Mordechai (Motti) Inbari, University of North Carolina—Pembroke Psychology in Religion: The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in Religious Readings of the Israeli Disengagement Plan 16. BUDDHISM, HINDUISM, AND SYNCRETIC RELIGIONS/ASIA – Introductions
17. Pratick Mallick, Acharya Prafulla Chandra College—New Barrackpur Hinduism and Hindutva: A Historiography of Modern Indian Politics 18. Wasana Wongsurawat, Chulalongkorn University—Bangkok Multiculturalism and Revolution: An Analytic History of the Chinese Communist Party’s Relationship with Syncretic Religious Movements 19. Jue Liang, ASIANetwork/Luce Foundation, Denison University—Granville Trading Western Suits for Maroon Robes: Tibetan Buddhist Cosmopolitanism at Larung Gar 20. Manus Midlarsky, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Sumin Lee, Rutgers University – New Brunswick Distancing the Other: Religious Violence and Its Absence in South Korea CONTRIBUTORS


This volume offers a nuanced picture with specific instances of religion and politics in Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu contexts, broadly presenting the phenomenon of religion and politics via country and thematic case studies. Qualitative, quantitative, material, philosophical, and theological analyses draw upon social theory to show how (and why) religion matters deeply in each time and place.  
The authors and contributors demonstrate that religion is a significant force that drives societies and polities around the world, and that a radical change in the Western understanding of value-driven global politics is needed. Beyond the Death of God offers new, local voices to Western audiences—through essays that suggest the need for an appreciation of Divinity as a quintessence holding a significant place in the hearts, minds, social orders, and political organization of polities around the world.

Simone Raudino is Visiting Professor at the Kyiv School of Economics.

Patricia Sohn is Associate Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies at the University of Florida.

Beyond the Death of God helps us understand a truth that the secularization thesis has long masked: across the world, consciously or unconsciously, we still continue being living symbols of deep religious choices”
—Husain Haqqani, author and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States

- Husain Haqqani

“. . . leads us to reconsider the relevance of the secularization paradigm and to rethink the traditional dichotomy between religion and politics in contemporary societies.”

—Laurent Mayali, University of California, Berkeley

- Laurent Mayali, University of California, Berkeley

Beyond the Death of God provides a stimulating contribution to scholarship on religion, politics, and society. Raudino and Sohn assemble a strong series of case studies that cross religious traditions, regions, and varied substantive themes, providing a wealth of insights on the enduring importance of religion in global affairs.”

—Tamir Moustafa, author of Constituting Religion

- Tamir Moustafa

“This book is a great effort to discuss the entanglement between religion and politics. It starts with critically interpreting the implication of ‘God is dead’ (Nietzsche), and the empirical section of the book comprehensively covers the major religions. It is a must-read for scholars who are interested in the relationship between religion and politics.”

—Joseph Tsai, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

- Joseph Tsai

“This book has the merit of going beyond traditional assumptions of modernization, secularization and the ‘West versus non-West’ paradigm. It will appeal to readers who want to have a comprehensive picture of what the place of religion in different geographical areas and religious traditions actually is—and not what it should be in theoretical perspectives.”

—Rossella Bottoni, University of Trento

- Rossella Bottoni

“Irrespective of their ideological leanings, most social and political scientists in the Western world tend to divorce politics and religion, to the detriment of an understanding of both. Beyond the Death of God provides an excellent corrective to this state of affairs by making an important contribution to understanding the fit between the drives of the spirit and tradition, and the more mundane drives of social and political power and organization.”

—Wayne Cristaudo, Charles Darwin University

- Wayne Cristaudo, Charles Darwin University