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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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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

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 graduated and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Potsdam in Germany. He was assistant professor at the Chair of Political Theory at the University of Potsdam between 1999 and 2008 and visiting professor at the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Lille (France) and the University of Pondicherry (India) as well as Research Fellow at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California in Santa Barbara. His research interests include European citizenship, collective identity in Europe, nation and nationalism in Europe and constitutionalisation of the EU.

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