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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Global Religiosity

"Identity" is all the rage today in much of the academy. A new book just out takes an expansive look at identity in a global context: Patrick James, ed., Religion, Identity, and Global Governance: Ideas, Evidence, and Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2011), 336pp.

About this book the publisher tells us:
In the wake of 9/11, and with ongoing wars and tensions in the Middle East, questioning contemporary connections between and among religion, identity, and global governance is an exercise that is both important and timely. This volume, edited by Patrick James, addresses essential themes in international relations today, asking how we can establish when religious identity is a relevant factor in explaining or understanding politics, when and how religion can be applied to advance positive, peace-oriented agendas in global governance, and how governments can reconsider their foreign and domestic policies in light of religious resurgence around the world.
Exploring topics such as Pope John Paul II's Just War, the role of religious NGOs in relation to states, and religious extremism among Muslims in India, the contributors highlight the central role that religion can play in foreign policy. Taken together, these essays contend that global governance cannot and will not improve unless it can find a way to coexist with the powerful force of religion.

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