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Religion and Civil Society By David Herbert

Religion and Civil Society by David Herbert

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Ashgate's "Religion, Culture and Society" series presents a focused range of studies that explore the critical issues of contemporary society and culture and the relationship of these to living religions.

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Religion and Civil Society: Rethinking Public Religion in the Contemporary World by David Herbert

This book presents the first full-length study of the relationship between religion and the controversial concept of civil society. Across the world in the last two decades of the twentieth century religions re-entered public space as influential discursive and symbolic systems apparently beyond the control of either traditional religious authorising institutions or states. This differentiation of religion from traditional institutions and entry into secular public spheres carries both dangers and possible benefits for democracy. Offering a fresh interdisciplinary approach to understanding religion in contemporary societies, this book provides an invaluable resource for students and researchers in religious studies, sociology, politics and political philosophy, theology, international relations and legal studies. Part one presents a critical introduction to the interaction between religion, modernization and postmodernization in Western and non-Western settings (America, Europe, the Middle East and India), focussing on discourses of human rights, civil society and the public sphere, and the controversial question of their cross-cultural application. Part two examines religion and civil society through case studies of Egypt, Bosnia and Muslim minorities in Britain, and compares Poland as an example of a Christian majority society that has experienced the public reassertion of religion.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Competing Theories: Rethinking religion and modernity: conventional and discursive religion; Rethinking secularization; Rethinking civil society; Rethinking the public sphere; Rethinking Liberalism and rights; Case Studies: : After The Satanic Verses: Muslims, civil society and the public sphere in Britain; After Solidarity: Catholicism, civil society and the public sphere in Poland; After genocide: religion and civil society in Bosnia; After Nasser: the Islamization of civil society and the public sphere in Egypt; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR011143072
Religion and Civil Society: Rethinking Public Religion in the Contemporary World by David Herbert
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Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2003-04-16
336
0754613399
9780754613398
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