Beyond the Death of God

Religion in 21st Century International Politics
Simone Raudino and Patricia Sohn, Editors
Politics and religion remain entwined
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This volume offers a nuanced picture of the details of specific instances of religion and politics in Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu contexts (some geographical, some thematic), broadly presenting the phenomenon of religion and politics via country and thematic case studies. Qualitative, quantitative, material, philosophical, and theological analyses draw upon social theory to show how (and why) religion matters deeply in each time and place.  

The authors and contributors demonstrate that religion is a significant force that drives societies and polities around the world, and that a radical change in the Western understanding of value-driven global politics is needed. It offers new local voices that many Western audiences have not yet heard. The essays in this volume suggest the need for an appreciation of Divinity as a quintessence holding a significant place in the hearts, minds, social orders, and political organization of polities around the world.

Simone Raudino is Visiting Professor at the Kyiv School of Economics.

Patricia Sohn is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida.

Praise / Awards

  • “. . . leads us to reconsider the relevance of the secularization paradigm and to rethink the traditional dichotomy between religion and politics in contemporary societies.”

    —Laurent Mayali, University of California, Berkeley

  • “Irrespective of their ideological leanings, most social and political scientists in the Western world tend to divorce politics and religion, to the detriment of an understanding of both. Beyond the Death of God: Religion in 21st Century International Politics provides an excellent corrective to this state of affairs by making an important contribution to understanding the fit between the drives of the spirit and tradition, and the more mundane drives of social and political power and organization.”

    —Wayne Cristaudo, Charles Darwin University

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 408pp.
  • 4 tables.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
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  • Open Access
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