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Part of the Global Issues series, Religion and the State is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on a key challenge facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, ...

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Overview

Part of the Global Issues series, Religion and the State is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on a key challenge facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

Religion has been a force in the conduct of politics and the formation and functions of most nation-states. In the modern global system, the concept of secularization has been a cause of controversy and, in some cases, political violence. But at the core of the debate over secularization lie the questions of defining the parameters and degree to which religion should influence the state and politics. Some measure of success may have been achieved in managing the influence and reach of religious institutions and actors in matters of the state and politics, but by its nature religion manifests itself individually, personally, and communally.

Religion and the State explores how different societies have defined the relationship between religion and state over time, ranging from separation of church and state to theocracy. After an overview of the history of that relationship organized by religion, this new book explores the influence of Christianity on the founding of the United States and why religion still plays a major role in the country's politics and policy. Attention is then given to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tibet, India, and western Europe, regions and countries with drastically different levels of religious toleration and where the religions of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity carry varying degrees of political weight.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816080908
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Graphs ix

Foreword Walton Brown-Foster xi

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Why Does Religion Exist? 4

Politics and Religion 6

Hinduism 7

Buddhism: A Religion Without God 8

Judaism and the Rise of Monotheism 12

Western Christianity 14

Islam 38

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 62

The Birth of Religious Tolerance 62

Religion and the Courts 68

Is the United States a Christian or Secular Nation? 77

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 103

Islamic Revolution in Iran 103

Saudi Arabia: Theocratic Monarchy 113

Tibet: Theocracy, Identity, and Autonomy 120

Hindu Nationalism in India 127

Western Europe: Secularism and the Paradox of Tolerance 133

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 145

Chapter 5 International Documents 183

Hinduism 183

Buddhism 184

Christianity 189

Islam 217

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research Religion and the State 239

Book Research 239

Periodicals Research 241

Internet Searches 243

Legal Issues 248

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 249

Introduction 249

United States 257

Global Perspectives 259

Chapter 8 Key Players 264

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 276

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 297

Religion and the State: General Works 297

Christianity: General and Early History 301

Christianity and Politics 303

Religion and the State in Europe 305

Religion and the State in the United States 307

Religious Fundamentalism in the United States 311

Islam: General Works and Early History 314

Islam, Politics, and the State 316

Islam: Fundamentalism and Terrorism 319

Hinduism and Buddhism 322

Nonprint Resources 323

Web Sites and Documents 327

Chronology 336

Glossary 345

Index 351

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