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Religion and Politics

European and Global Perspectives

Edited by Johann P. Arnason, Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski

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Shows religion and politics to be a key connecting link between European and global affairs

Combining theoretical and empirical research, these 12 essays examine the role of religion and its prospects in Europe. On the one hand, the volume discusses growing Islamic presence in Europe as a reminder of enduring religious pluralism, not least in view of the high prominence given to Islamic experience in arguments against over-generalised notions of secularisation. On the other hand, it explores the question of Christian motivated extremism and religious nationalism. Against this background, the contributors discuss the role of religion in other countries throughout the worldincluding China, Japan, Russia and the MENA region.

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Contents

1. Introduction, Johann P. Arnason and Ireneusz Paweł Karolewski
2. The Religio-Political Nexus: Historical and Comparative Reflections, Johann P. Arnason
3. Politics and Religion in a Global Age, Jeffrey Haynes
4. Comparative Secularisms and the Politics of Modernity, Elizabeth Hurd and Linnell Cady
5. Europe in the Global Rise of Religious Nationalism, Mark Juergensmeyer
6. European Civil Religion in the Making?, Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski
7. Democracy, Secularism and Islam in Turkey, Ayhan Kaya
8. Orthodox Religion and Politics in Post-Soviet Russia, Mikhail Maslovskiy and Nikita Shangin
9. Religion and Politics, Church and State in Chinese History, John Lagerwey
10. Religion and the State in Contemporary Japan, Elisabetta Porcu
11. Arab Revolutions and Political Islam: A Structural Approach, Karel Černý
12. Beyond Post-Secularism: Religion in Political Analysis (Review Article), Michal Matlak
Notes on the Contributors
Index.

About the Author

Johann P. Arnason is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Human Studies at Charles University, Prague. He taught sociology in Heidelberg and Bielefeld from 1972 to 1975, and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, from 1975 to 2003. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and at the University of Leipzig, and a research fellow of the Alexander v. Humboldt-Stiftung, the Swedish Institute of Advanced Studies, the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Essen), the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen and the Max-Weber-Kolleg in Erfurt. His research interests centre on social theory and historical sociology, with particular emphasis on the comparative analysis of civilizations.

Ireneusz P. Karolewski is Head of the Political Studies Department in the The Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies at the University of Wrocław. He graduated and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Potsdam in Germany. He was Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Potsdam from 1999 to 2008. He has held guest professorships and fellowships at the Harvard University, the Université de Montréal, Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Lille, the University of California in Santa Barbara and the New York University. He is co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Identity and managing editor of the Annual of European and Global Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press.

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