Religion in International Relations

The Return from Exile

  • Editors
  • Pavlos Hatzopoulos
  • Fabio Petito

Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Return from Exile

    1. Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Fabio Petito
      Pages 1-20
  3. International Relations Theory and Religion

  4. War, Security, and Religion

    1. Andreas Hasenclever, Volker Rittberger
      Pages 107-145
    2. Carsten Bagge Laustsen, Ole Wæver
      Pages 147-180
  5. Politicizing Religion: Toward a New Global Ethos?

    1. Fred Dallmayr
      Pages 209-236
    2. John L. Esposito, John O. Voll
      Pages 237-269
    3. Terry Nardin
      Pages 271-282
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About this book


Are the secular foundations of international relations sustainable at present? This comprehensive study shows how the global resurgence of religion confronts international relations theory with a theoretical challenge comparable to that raised by the end of the Cold War or the emergence of globalization. The volume tries to shake the secular foundational myths of the discipline and outline the need for an expansion into religiously inspired spheres of thought. It also challenges the most condemning accusation against religion: the view that the politicization of religion is always a threat to security and inimical to the resolution of conflict. Finally, the task of demystifying religion is taken further with an argument for a stronger and "progressive" political engagement of the worldwide religious traditions in the contemporary globalized era.


cold war expansion foundation globalisation globalization international relations Islam pluralism political theory present religion society theology tradition transformation

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