Focusing on the dilution of state sovereignty, this book examines how the crossing of state boundaries by religious movements leads to the formation of transnational civil society. Challenging the assertion that future conflict will be of the clash of civilizations” variety, it looks to the micro-origins of conflicts, which the contributors argue are as likely to arise between states sharing a religion as between those divided by it and more likely to arise within rather than across state boundaries. Thus, the chapters reveal the dual potential of religious movements as sources of peace and security as well as of violent conflict.Featuring an East-West, North-South approach, the volume avoids the conventional and often ethnocentric segregation of the experience of other regions from the European and American. Contributors draw examples from a variety of regions and world religions and consider self-generated movements from below” (such as Protestant sectarianism in Latin America or Sufi Islam in Africa) in contrast to centralized forms of organization and patterns of diffusion from above (such as state-certified religion in China). Together the chapters illustrate how religion as bearer of the politics of meaning has filled the space left by the decline of ideology, which has created a novel transnational space for world politics.
Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph are professors of political science at the University of Chicago. Among their books are The Modernity of Tradition and In Pursuit of Lakshmi. Mohan Singh Kanota, Amar Singh's nephew and heir, is also the author of The History of the Champawats and Kachhawas of Hamir Dev (both in Hindi). Susanne Hoeber Rudolph is William Benton Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and director of the South Asia Area and Language Center. She is the coauthor of The Modernity of Tradition: Political Development in India (1996), In Pursuit of Lakshmi: The Political Economy of the Indian State (1987), and other books on comparative politics. James Piscatori is fellow in Islamic studies at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the coauthor of. Muslim Politics (1996), Islam in a World of Nation-States (1986), and numerous books on Middle Eastern politics.
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