Religion, Civilization, and Civil War: 1945 through the New Millenniumby Jonathan Fox
Pub. Date: 03/15/2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
In Religion, Civilization, and Civil War author Jonathan Fox carves out a new space of research and interrogation in conflict studies. As a preeminent observer of religious trends on domestic conflicts, Fox utilizes new statistical analysis in the Minorities at Risk (MAR) dataset - which tracks several hundred politically active ethnic groups across the globe, to
In Religion, Civilization, and Civil War author Jonathan Fox carves out a new space of research and interrogation in conflict studies. As a preeminent observer of religious trends on domestic conflicts, Fox utilizes new statistical analysis in the Minorities at Risk (MAR) dataset - which tracks several hundred politically active ethnic groups across the globe, to examine the impact of religion and religious practice on rebellion, protest, discrimination, and international intervention. Fox also employs the State Failure (SF) dataset, which tracks internal wars and failed governances. Fox expertly uses this information to analyze ethnic wars, mass killings, and civil wars between 1948 and 2001. Covering over five decades, this study provides the most comprehensive and detailed empirical analysis of the impact of religion and civilization on domestic conflict to date and will become a critical resource for both international relations and political science scholars. Like his first book, Ethnoreligious Conflict in the Late 20th Century: A General Theory, which was touted as closing gaps in the concept of ethnoreligious conflict, Religion, Civilization, and Civil War provides the data to substantiate, expand, and transform the way scholars understand global conflict since World War Two.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Theories of Religion and Conflict Chapter 3 Are Religious Conflicts Different? Chapter 4 Religious Causes of Ethnic Conflict Chapter 5 Religious Causes of Ethnic Protest Chapter 6 The Clash of Civilizations? Chapter 7 Is Conflict Civilizational? Chapter 8 Is Religion or Civilization a Better Explanation? Chapter 9 Conclusions
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This is perhaps the most comprehensive fact-based analysis of the religious causes of conflict to date. Rather than selecting examples that support a previously decided upon argument, the author gathered data on all violent conflicts for a fifty-six year period, asked the correct questions and got some surprising answers. His basic finding is that religion is an important influence on conflict but it is less important than other causes like nationalism. Nevertheless conflict can not be fully understood without including religion in the paradigm. Furthermore, using this data, the author provides a comprehensive analysis of Huntington¿s famous ¿clash of civilizations¿ theory and finds it wanting. In addition, the book provides the theoretical background for all of the above. In short, this book accomplishes a lot for a single book and is a must-read for anyone who wants to fully understand religion¿s role in conflict as well as anyone who wants to understand, violent conflict in general.