Ethnoreligious Conflict In The Late 20th Century

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Overview

Jonathan Fox's new work provides the first systematic, empirical study of the role that religion plays in ethnic violence. Ethnoreligious Conflict in the Late Twentieth Century critiques the existing literature on religion and ethnic conflict, then presents and analyzes original quantitative data gathered from a variety of sources. Fox draws upon the Minorities at Risk model of ethnic conflict to develop and test a dynamic and comprehensive theory of religion and conflict. He applies this theory to resurgent conflicts between ethnic groups of different religions—from the Iranian revolution and the Afghan struggle against the Soviets in the 1980s to the ongoing Middle East conflict—to pinpoint the ways in which religion has become intertwined in, and lent legitimacy to, conflicts in the contemporary world.

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Editorial Reviews

R Scott Appleby
Jonathan Fox has admirably filled [a] gaping hole in the literature. . . . He has constructed a finely nuanced and dynamic theory of ethnoreligious conflict, elements of which will be useful for understanding other kinds of conflict involving religious and cultural issues. All students of the violently contested nature of post-Cold War politics stand in his debt.
Ted Gurr
This foundational study puts academic speculation about the religious sources of conflict in the modern world to empirical test. Jonathan Fox develops a general theory of religion's social functions, then shows where and how ethnically-distinct religious minorities are prompted into political protest and rebellion by discrimination, repression, and mobilizing religious institutions. A nuanced analysis whose evidence challenges some conventional pieties and affirms others.
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
Fox produces an original, highly formalized, refinement of the theoretical framework, which is useful for constructing typologies of ethnic and religious conflicts when dealing with such a wide spectrum of data collected through empirical observation;
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
This book engages one of the most important and pressing issues in the world today. In this timely book, Jonathan Fox attempts to interpret the extensive extant literature on religion and ethnic conflict, create his own framework for the study of ethnoreligious conflict, test such phenomena empirically, and generate a general theory to account for them. I commend the author on a daring attempt to synthesize such complex and abundant material.
Sociology Of Religion
Fox produces an original, highly formalized, refinement of the theoretical framework, which is useful for constructing typologies of ethnic and religious conflicts when dealing with such a wide spectrum of data collected through empirical observation;
Sociology of Religion
Fox produces an original, highly formalized, refinement of the theoretical framework, which is useful for constructing typologies of ethnic and religious conflicts when dealing with such a wide spectrum of data collected through empirical observation;
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739104187
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/11/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Fox teaches in the department of political studies at Bar-Ilan University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Defining Religion's Role in Society Chapter 3 Religion in a Modern and Secular World Chapter 4 Is Religion the Symptom or the Disease? Chapter 5 Previous Approaches to the Study of Religion and Conflict Chapter 6 A More Comprehensive Theory of Religion and Conflict Chapter 7 The Role of Religion in Ethnoreligious Conflict Chapter 8 Some Implications and Clarifications

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    Groundbreaking

    This book accoplishes a lot. The book includes an intelligent critique of the existing theories of religion and conflict and builds a superior model. It then examines this model using a wealth of information on ethnic conflict. Thus, the book adds to our theoretical and practical knowledge of the link between religion and conflict. It is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between religion and conflict.

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