Bringing Religion Into International Relations

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In this book, Jonathan Fox and Shmuel Sandler examine the role religion plays in international relations as well as why this role has been ignored until now by international relations theorists. They argue that while religion is not the driving force in world politics, international relations cannot be understood without taking religion into account. The authors apply their insights to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also examine Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, which touches indirectly upon the role of ...
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Overview

In this book, Jonathan Fox and Shmuel Sandler examine the role religion plays in international relations as well as why this role has been ignored until now by international relations theorists. They argue that while religion is not the driving force in world politics, international relations cannot be understood without taking religion into account. The authors apply their insights to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also examine Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, which touches indirectly upon the role of religion in current world politics.

About the Author:
Jonathan Fox is a Senior Lecturer in the Political Studies Department of Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel)

About the Author:
Shmuel Sandler is Professor of political science and international politics, and holds the Sara and Simha Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at Bar-Ilan University

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"This book, by two highly regarded experts on international conflict, takes an excellent step forward along a neglected path, namely, the one leading to the study of the impact of religion. This ambitious book succeeds in covering an agenda that ranges from theoretical issues about legitimacy to the role religion plays in the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In sum, this superb book contains much that will interest students of international relations, religion and area experts on the Middle East."--Patrick James, Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri and Editor, International Studies Quarterly

"This broad-ranging and well documented analysis of the global impact of religion represents a felicitous combination of approaches. It deals at once with questions of ideology and legitimacy and the debate about conflicts of nationalism and ethnicity. It is a significant contribution to the study of international relations."--William Safran, University of Colorado at Boulder

"If 9/11 proved anything, it was the enormously influential role that religious extremism plays in contemporary affairs. Jonathan Fox and Shmuel Sandler understand the essential need for International Relations experts, at long last, to integrate a sophisticated understanding of religion into their analyses of world politics. Accordingly, they have provided an engaging and well-researched guidebook for the task. Bringing Religion into International Politics will quickly become the standard introduction and overview for anyone seeking to comprehend the complex dynamics of religion and power in the twenty-first century."
--R. Scott Appleby, author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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Meet the Author

Jonathan Fox received his PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1997 and is currently a Lecturer in the Political Studies Department of Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel). His research interests include the role of religion in conflict, international relations, and politics, as well as issues of separation of religion and state. He has published numerous articles on these topics in journals as well as his recent book Ethnoreligious Conflict in the Late Twentieth Century.
Shmuel Sandler is Professor of political science and international politics, and the holds the Sara and Simha Lainer Chair in Democracy and Civility at Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel). . He authored and edited over 10 books and over 50 articles that appeared in professional journals and edited books. His recent research concentrates ethnic politics and international relations

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The overlooked dimension 9
3 Religion and legitimacy 35
4 Local religious conflicts are international issues 63
5 Transnational religious phenomena 83
6 The clash of civilizations debate 115
7 The Palestinian-Israeli conflict : a case study of religion and international politics 137
8 Toward a theory of international relations and religion 163
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