Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qaeda / Edition 1

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Why has the twenty-first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion? From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq, a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world. Building on his groundbreaking book, The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State, Mark Juergensmeyer here provides an up-to-date road map through this complex new religious terrain. Basing his discussion on interviews with militant activists and case studies of rebellious movements, Juergensmeyer puts a human face on conflicts that have become increasingly abstract. He revises our notions of religious revolution and offers positive proposals for responding to religious activism in ways that will diminish violence and lead to an accommodation between radical religion and the secular world.

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"[An] insightful and ambitious new book."--Intl Journal of Comparative Sociology
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“[An] insightful and ambitious new book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520255548
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2008
  • Series: Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.22 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global and
International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the winner of the Grawemeyer Award for his book Terror in the Mind of God (UC Press). He is the editor of Global Religions: An
and is also the author of The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State and Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution, both from UC Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Rise of Religious Rebellion 1

1 The Religious Challenge to the Secular State 9

The Loss of Faith in Secular Nationalism 10

The Competition between Two Ideologies 17

The Mutual Rejection of Religion and Secularism 26

2 The Front Line of Religious Rebellion: The Middle East 39

Egypt's Origins of Muslim Rebellion 41

Iran's Paradigmatic Revolution 46

Israel's Militant Zionism 54

Hamas: The Islamic Intifada 54

Insurgents in Iraq 73

Other Movements in the Middle East and Africa 77

Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan 78

Gulf States 79

North Africa 80

Sub-Sabaran Africa 82

3 Political Targets of Rebellion: South, Central, and Southeast Asia 84

Resurgent Islam in South and Central Asia 85

Afghanistan 85

Pakistan 88

Kashmir 90

Bangladesh 92

Central Asia 94

Hindu Nationalism 103

Sikhism's Suppressed War 115

Buddhist Revolts in Asia 125

Sri Lanka 125

Mongolia 135

Tibet 144

Religious Activists in Southeast Asia 145

Indonesia 146

Philippines 148

4 Post-Cold War Rebels: Europe, East Asia, and the United States 151

The Religious Rejection of Socialist States 152

Russia 152

Eastern Europe and the Balkan States 156

China, Vietnam, and North Korea 163

Latin America 165

Christian and Secular Xenophobia in Europe 167

A Peaceful Resolution in Northern Ireland 176

Imagined Armageddon in Japan 178

The Militant Christian Right in the United States 182

5 Transnational Networks: Global Jihad 193

The Rise of Jihadi Ideology 193

Emerging Networks in the Afghan-Soviet War 197

Global jihad after September II, 2001 205

6 The Enduring Problems of Violence,Democracy, and Human Rights 212

Why Religious Confrontations Are Violent 212

Empowering Marginal Peoples 220

Does Religion Challenge Democracy? 223

Minority and Individual Human Rights 231

Conclusion: Religious Rebellion and Global War 244

What Does Religion Have To Do with It? 252

The Future of Religious Rebellions 257

Notes 264

List of Interviews 314

Bibliography 321

Index 357

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