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Religion, Ethnicity, and Self-Identity: Nations in Turmoil

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Ethnicity and religion at the end of this century are fused in surprising, creative, and ominous ways. News stories connect words like Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant with various movements of peoples. Whereas ethnicity and religion have, in the past, succumbed to secular, urban, technological, ideological, educational, and mass communication influences, they now surface as a freshly volatile force in world cultures. To overcome these conventional influences, people establish personal and group...
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Overview

Ethnicity and religion at the end of this century are fused in surprising, creative, and ominous ways. News stories connect words like Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant with various movements of peoples. Whereas ethnicity and religion have, in the past, succumbed to secular, urban, technological, ideological, educational, and mass communication influences, they now surface as a freshly volatile force in world cultures. To overcome these conventional influences, people establish personal and group identity, mutual security, and empowerment by creatively merging their ethnicity and religion. This collection of essays examines, in Martin Marty's terms, the "explosion of public faith and aggressive action."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874518153
  • Publisher: Salzburg Seminar
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 151
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Martin E. Marty, author of over 40 books, is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Modern Christianity, University of Chicago, and senior editor of The Christian Century. With Scott Appleby, he coedits the multi-volume series on global fundamentalisms. R. Scott Appleby is Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, and author of four books on modern religion.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction: The Role of Religion in Cultural Foundations of Ethnonationalism 1
1 On Seeking the Cultural Context of Fundamentalism 19
2 Critical Issues in Arab Islamic Fundamentalism 35
3 Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in India 53
4 The Rebirth of Religion and Ethnonationalism in the Soviet Successor States 72
5 Religion and Nationalism in the Balkans: A Deadly Combination? 89
6 Multiculturalism, Religious Conservatism, and American Diversity 125
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