Religion and Regimes: Support, Separation, and Opposition

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This work is a collection of essays that describe and analyze religion and regime relations in various nations in the contemporary world. The contributors examine patterns of interaction between religious actors and national governments that include separation, support, and opposition. In general, the contributors find that most countries have a majority or plurality religious tradition, which will seek a privileged position in public life. The nature of the relationship between such traditions and national ...

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Overview

This work is a collection of essays that describe and analyze religion and regime relations in various nations in the contemporary world. The contributors examine patterns of interaction between religious actors and national governments that include separation, support, and opposition. In general, the contributors find that most countries have a majority or plurality religious tradition, which will seek a privileged position in public life. The nature of the relationship between such traditions and national policy is largely determined by the nature of opposition. A pattern of quasi-establishment is most common in settings in which opposition to a dominant religious tradition is explicitly religious. However, in some instances, the dominant tradition is associated with a discredited prior regime, in which a pattern of legal separation is most common. Conversely, in some nations, a dominant religion is, for historical reasons, strong associated with national identity. Such regimes are often characterized by a “lazy monopoly,” in which the public influence of religion is reduced.

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Editorial Reviews

Sabrina P. Ramet
For anyone interested in Church-state dynamics in the contemporary world this dazzling new volume, ably edited by Mehran Tamadonfar and Ted G. Jelen, will be most welcome. Religion and Regimes surveys a wide array of cases in Eurasia and the Western Hemisphere, setting present-day patterns of religious-political interaction in a historical context and showing how some assumptions about religion made at the dawn of the twentieth century, in one or another country, were abandoned over time. This is scholarship at a high level.
Laura R. Olson
This new volume marks a major contribution to the literature on comparative politics and religion. Tamadonfar and Jelen succeed in their effort to tease out the core analytical importance of the regime for our understandingof how religious and state actors interact in different national contexts.Covering fifteen countries on four continents, the contributions to this volume have much to offer all students of religion and politics in our globalizing world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739176108
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mehran Tamadonfar is associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of The Islamic Polity and Political Leadership and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on Islamic law and politics.

Ted G. Jelen is professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on religious politics, and is the founding coeditor of Politics and Religion and the former editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Comparative Religious Politics
Mehran Tamadonfar and Ted G. Jelen
Chapter 1: A Tangled Web: Religion and the Regime in the United States
Rachel Blum and Clyde Wilcox
Chapter 2: Religion and Regimes in Brazil and Chile
Christine A. Gustafson
Chapter 3: From Atheism to Establishment? The Evolution of Church-State Relations in Russia
Christopher Marsh
Chapter 4: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State
Elizabeth A. Oldmixon and Rebekah Samaniego
Chapter 5: International Context and State-Religion Regimes in France and Turkey
Ramazan Kilinç
Chapter 6: Religion and State In India: Ambiguity, Chauvinism, and Tolerance
Scott Hibbard
Chapter 7: The Roman Catholic Church and Political Regime in Portugal and Spain: Support, Opposition and Separation
Paul Christopher Manuel
Chapter 8: Democratization, Human Rights, and Religion-State Relations in Taiwan and Hong Kong
J. Christopher Soper and Joel S. Fetzer
Chapter 9: The Orphaned Irish: Church and State in Neo-Liberal Ireland
Michele Dillon
Chapter 10: Religion and Regime Change in Iran and Poland
Mehran Tamadonfar and Ted G. Jelen
Conclusion
Ted G. Jelen and Mehran Tamadonfar

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