Theocracy

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Systems of Government examines the five major forms of government in the world today. Each book reveals the inner workings of one form of government, setting it in the context of history and relating it to today's turbulent current affairs. Readers will learn how these governments function internally and within the wider world community. They will also encounter some of the dilemmas, contradictions, and compromises that seem to be an essential part of even the most idealistic ...

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Overview

Systems of Government examines the five major forms of government in the world today. Each book reveals the inner workings of one form of government, setting it in the context of history and relating it to today's turbulent current affairs. Readers will learn how these governments function internally and within the wider world community. They will also encounter some of the dilemmas, contradictions, and compromises that seem to be an essential part of even the most idealistic political systems.

Each book features fact boxes, timelines, and carefully chosen images that complement informative text that is packed with case studies and firsthand accounts. Voting Booth panels invite readers to consider thorny issues, both historical and current, and to form their own opinions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Human history is filled with various iterations of religious faith. From the dawn of civilization, human societies have typically included a religious basis for its organization. While times change, by and large, people broadly accept some type of spiritual belief structure that plays a role in their lives. In some instances, the religious beliefs of a society become not only spiritual guideposts but governmental ones as well. Theocracy is based on the premise that government is led by clerics or based upon the dictates of religion. In a theocracy, the merger of state and religious interests is grounded on a fundamental belief that how people live should be regulated by the tenets of faith and not simply the lay dictates of law. In this title from the illustrated "Systems of Government" series, theocracy is presented as a force in both the past and the future. In telling the story of theocratic governance writer Connolly tracks not only the evolution of this form of government but also how theocracy continues to play a role in our world. One need only think of the efforts of the Taliban to create a Sharia-based society in Afghanistan to appreciate just how relevant and contemporaneous theocracy remains. Using a slim narrative in combination with primary source materials and thought provoking questions, Connolly creates a solid introduction to this form of societal governance. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—In these volumes published simultaneously for a British and American audience, Connolly objectively defines types of government and centers on contemporary examples from around the world to describe how they work and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. That focus limits inclusion of background information that would help students understand the origins and evolution of the systems, and the books are likely to become dated quickly. Brief chapters include numerous sidebars, time lines, primary-source excerpts, and guiding questions to encourage student thought. Examples and captioned photos and illustrations highlight more British and Commonwealth countries than titles published solely for an American audience. This set lacks enough detail to be useful for reports.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599208060
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Systems of Government Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,286,768
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is a Theocracy? 4

Political Beliefs 6

Is a Pure Theocracy Possible? 10

Constitutional Systems 14

Laws That Bind 18

Islamic Crossroads 22

A Lasting Legacy 26

In God We Trust? 30

End of the Line 34

The Media and Theocracy 38

Looking Ahead 42

Glossary 46

Books and Websites 47

Index 48

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