Religion, State, and Society: Jefferson's Wall of Separation in Comparative Perspective
Robert Fatton, R.K. Ramazani
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - Political Science - 240 pages
This book examines the relationship between religion and the state in a comparative perspective with special attention paid to the Western and Middle-Eastern experiences. It examines the resurgence of “fundamentalism” not only in developing nations but also in economically affluent “post-modern” societies. It seeks to elucidate whether the fusion between religion and politics is compatible with tolerance and individual freedom; or whether the Jeffersonian “wall of separation” is necessary to insure the flowering of democracy.