Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World

Edited by Emile Sahliyeh

Subjects: Religion And Politics
Series: SUNY series in Religion, Culture, and Society
Paperback : 9780791403822, 392 pages, August 1990
Hardcover : 9780791403815, 392 pages, August 1990

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Table of contents


Part I
Explaining the Phenomenon of Religious Resurgence

1. Religious Resurgence and Political Modernization

Emile Sahliyeh

2. The Stubborn Persistence of Religion in the Global Arena

Anson Shupe

3. The Incurably Religious Animal

Joe Barnhart

4. The Limits of Religious Resurgence

Donald Eugene Smith

Part II
Religious Resurgence of the Conservative Protestants in the United States, Central America, and South Africa

5. The New Christian Right in American Politics: Mobilization Amid Modernization

Kenneth D. Wald

6. Christian Fundamentalists and the Imperatives of American Politics

Allen D. Hertzke

7. What Do the Evangelicals Want?

Ronald Nash

8. Onward Christian Soldiers: The Case of Protestantism in Central America

Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy

9. Divided Evangelicals in South Africa

Lawrence Jones

Part III
The Church: An Instrument for Political Protest and Modernization

10. Liberalism in Search of a Political Agenda

Lonnie D. Kliever

11. The Revival of Church and State in the Philippines:Churches and Religion in the People Power Revolution and After

C. Neal Tate

12. The Sword and the Cross: Church-State Conflict in Latin America

Michael Dodson

Part IV
Religious Resurgence: A Mechanism for Social Discontent and Political Change

13. The Islamic Revival as Conservatism and as Progress in Contemporary Egypt

Louis J. Cantori

14. Women and Religion in a Modern Islamic Society: The Case of Kuwait

Jamal Sanad and Mark Tessler

15. Shi'i Islam: Bonyadgiri or Fundamentalism?

Gregory F. Rose

16. Religious Resurgence and Political Mobilization of the Shi'a in Lebanon

Augustus Richard Norton

17. The Politics of Religious Resurgence and Religious Terrorism: The Case of the Sikhs of India

Karandeep Singh

18. Religion and Politics in the Jewish State of Israel

Mark Tessler

Part V

19. Concluding Remarks

Emile Sahliyeh





This book examines the highly politicized religious groups and movements that have surfaced since the late 1970s in the United States, Central America, South Africa, the Philippines, India, and the Middle East. Sahliyeh and others analyze this trend toward the politicization of religious conservatism and question a number of assumptions central to concepts of modernization. For example, it has been assumed by development theorists that the interrelated components of modernization would enhance the trend toward secularization of societies. This book shows that in many societies today religious revivalism and fundamentalism seem to be direct products of modernization. A global, comparative approach is utilized to formulate general explanations for religious revivalism and its implications for modernization, development, and politics.

Emile Sahliyeh is Associate Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of North Texas.


"The topic is currently of global interest. In my view it makes a significant contribution to the understanding of complex issues that affect us all. At the same time it will stimulate useful debate in the fields of religion, politics, and social theory. " — Harold H. Oliver, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Boston University School of Theology