The Politics of Secularism in International Relations / Edition 1

The Politics of Secularism in International Relations / Edition 1

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by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691134669

ISBN-13: 9780691134666

Pub. Date: 10/08/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Conflicts involving religion have returned to the forefront of international relations. And yet political scientists and policymakers have continued to assume that religion has long been privatized in the West. This secularist assumption ignores the contestation surrounding the category of the "secular" in international politics. The Politics of Secularism in

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Conflicts involving religion have returned to the forefront of international relations. And yet political scientists and policymakers have continued to assume that religion has long been privatized in the West. This secularist assumption ignores the contestation surrounding the category of the "secular" in international politics. The Politics of Secularism in International Relations shows why this thinking is flawed, and provides a powerful alternative.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd argues that secularist divisions between religion and politics are not fixed, as commonly assumed, but socially and historically constructed. Examining the philosophical and historical legacy of the secularist traditions that shape European and American approaches to global politics, she shows why this matters for contemporary international relations, and in particular for two critical relationships: the United States and Iran, and the European Union and Turkey.

The Politics of Secularism in International Relations develops a new approach to religion and international relations that challenges realist, liberal, and constructivist assumptions that religion has been excluded from politics in the West. The first book to consider secularism as a form of political authority in its own right, it describes two forms of secularism and their far-reaching global consequences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134666
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/08/2007
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,247,659
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction 1

CHAPTER TWO: Varieties of Secularism 23

CHAPTER THREE: Secularism and Islam 46

CHAPTER FOUR: Contested Secularisms in Turkey and Iran 65

CHAPTER FIVE: The European Union and Turkey 84

CHAPTER SIX: The United States and Iran 102

CHAPTER SEVEN: Political Islam 116

CHAPTER EIGHT: Religious Resurgence 134

CHAPTER NINE: Conclusion 147

Notes 155

Select Bibliography 213

Index 237

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