Religion and the State

Religion and the State

by Natalie Goldstein
     
 

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

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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, 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:
06/01/2010
Series:
Facts on File Global Issues Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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