Religious Politics and Secular States: Egypt, India, and the United States

Religious Politics and Secular States: Egypt, India, and the United States

by Scott W. Hibbard
     
 

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This comparative analysis probes why conservative renderings of religious tradition in the United States, India, and Egypt remain so influential in the politics of these three ostensibly secular societies.

Although much has been written about the resurgence of religious politics, scholars have paid less attention to the role of state actors in promoting new

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This comparative analysis probes why conservative renderings of religious tradition in the United States, India, and Egypt remain so influential in the politics of these three ostensibly secular societies.

Although much has been written about the resurgence of religious politics, scholars have paid less attention to the role of state actors in promoting new visions of religion and society. Religious Politics and Secular States fills this gap by situating this trend within longstanding debates over the proper role of religion in public life.

"With its accessible language and rich examples, this book would be of interest to a wide audience that includes general readers as well as scholars of religion and politics."— Choice

"An important contribution to the literature on religion and politics."—Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

"[Hibbard's] examination of the contemporaneous policies of the Indian, Egyptian and American governments is as revealing as it is original."—David Little, Harvard Divinity School

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

With its accessible language and rich examples, this book would be of interest to a wide audience that includes general readers as well as scholars of religion and politics.

Review of Middle East Studies
This is a fascinating work, well worth a careful read by Middle East specialists.

— Paul Sedra

Anthropology Review Database - Jack David Eller

Students of contemporary religion and contemporary politics should consider Hibbard's argument very seriously.

Times Literary Supplement - Jonathan Benthall

His analysis, carried through across three different religions, is impressive.

Review of Middle East Studies - Paul Sedra

This is a fascinating work, well worth a careful read by Middle East specialists.

Anthropology Review Database
Students of contemporary religion and contemporary politics should consider Hibbard's argument very seriously.

— Jack David Eller

Times Literary Supplement
His analysis, carried through across three different religions, is impressive.

— Jonathan Benthall

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801899201
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/29/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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David Little

The study of religious nationalism has gathered considerable momentum in the last twenty years. But no one has shown so comprehensively as Scott Hibbard the impact of the political manipulation of religion on shaping national ideals. His examination of the contemporaneous policies of the Indian, Egyptian, and American governments is as revealing as it is original.

Steven A. Cook

An important contribution to the literature on religion and politics. Hibbard's argument is ambitious, the macro-comparison of Egypt, India, and the United States is novel and interesting, and he has clearly done a wealth of research.

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