Religion, Identity, and Global Governance: Ideas, Evidence, and Practice
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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- Page Count: 336 pages
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- Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.4in
Reviews'To understand international relations today, we must take into account the issue of religion. Religion, Identity, and Global Governance effectively defines the most important questions regarding global politics and religion and presents a variety of answers that will provide much fodder for discussion. Instantly interesting from the first few pages onward, the chapters build nicely and speak to each other while providing readers with lots to chew on.'
Stephen Saideman, Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict, McGill University
Author InformationPatrick James is Dornsife Dean's Professor of International Relations in the School of International Studies at the University of Southern California.
Table of contents
PART I: Introduction
- Religion, Identity, and Global Governance: Setting the Agenda / by Patrick James (University of Southern California)
PART II: Ideas
- The Religious Challenge to International Relations Theory / by John F. Stack, Jr. (Florida International University)
- Religion and International Affairs: The State of the Art / by Ron E. Hassner (University of California, Berkeley)
- Mutual Renewal: On the Relationship of Human Rights to the Muslim World / by Anthony Chase (Occidental College)
PART III: Evidence
- State Religious Exclusivity and International Crises Between 1990-2002 / by Jonathan Fox (Bar-Ilan University) and Nukhet Sandal (University of Southern California)
- Religion, Identity, and the 'War on Terror': Insights from Religious Humanitarianism / by Cecelia Lynch (University of California, Irvine)
- Extremism and Military Intervention in South Asia: Indian Muslims and Sri Lankan Tamils / by Manus I. Midlarsky (Rutgers University)
- Religion, Security Dilemma, and Conflict: The Case of Civil War in Iraq / by Yasemin Akbaba (Gettysburg College) and Zeynep Taydas (Clemson University)
- World Religions and Local Identities: The Case of Islamic Arbitration in Ontario, Canada / by Patricia M. Goff (Wilfrid Laurier University)
PART IV: Practice
- John Paul II and the 'Just War' Doctrine: “Make Peace through Justice and Forgiveness: not War” / by James L. Heft, S.M. (University of Southern California)
- Christian Mediation in International Conflicts / by Robert B. Lloyd (Pepperdine University)
- The Role of Religious NGOs in Shaping Foreign Policy: Western Middle Powers and Reform Internationalism / by Steven L. Lamy (University of Southern California)
- Religion and Canadian Diplomacy: Promoting Pluralism on the Global Stage / by Evan Potter (University of Ottawa)
- From Ideology to Identity: Building a Foundation for Communities of the Willing / by Chris Seiple (Institute for Global Engagement)
PART V : Conlusion
- Religion, Identity, and Global Governance: What Have We Learned? / by Patrick James
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