Religion and Politics in the International System Today

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Eric O. Hanson

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"The horrific images of suicide bombs and subway attacks make us all aware that the power of religious politics in the 21st century cannot be ignored. This carefully reasoned book shows that it also should not be ignored. It explores how and where a religious dimension can be infused with political order throughout the world. In a comprehensive manner, it moves from region to region, exploring the diverse forms of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhism formulations of religious politics. What it shows, in a thorough and thoughtful way, is that the possibilities of religious politics are richer and more enduring than the momentary flashes of the extremists' bombs would lead us to believe." Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

Book Description

This book proposes a post-Cold War paradigm based on the interaction between the contemporary globalization of the political, economic, military, and communication systems and the increasing role of religion in influencing global politics. Rapid technological advances have constantly recast politics, economics, armed conflict, and the media. These four systems are thus becoming not just more international but are rapidly integrating. This book constructs the new global paradigm by explaining the roles of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Maoist Marxism in world politics.

About the Author

Eric O. Hanson is Patrick A. Donohoe S.J. Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. He studied in East Asia for five years, including graduate work at National Taiwan University, before receiving his doctorate from Stanford University. He has been a fellow at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control. He is the author of Catholic Politics in China and Korea and The Catholic Church in World Politics (Princeton University Press).
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