The Political Dimensions of Religion

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Said Amir Arjomand
SUNY Press, Aug 3, 1993 - Religion - 293 pages
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This volume explores the relationship between religion and politics. It brings a varied sample of richly detailed comparative and case studies together with a set of analytical paradigms in an integrated framework. It is a major statement on a timely subject, and a plea for the acknowledgment of normative pluralism as firmly rooted in the history of religion. The editor shows that the fact of political diversity in the history of world religions compels the acceptance of pluralism as a normative principle.
  

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Contents

Religion and the Civilizational Dimensions of Politics
13
Religion and the Diversity of Normative Orders
43
Religion and Constitutionalism in Western History and in Modern Iran and Pakistan
69
Church State Nation and Civil Society in Spain and Poland
101
Utopian Religious Beliefs and Political Action
155
Lost Primeval Bliss as Revolutionary Expectation Millennialism of Crisis in Peru and the Philippines
157
Note on the Shining Path and Modernized Millennialism in Peru
169
Antinomian Conduct at the Millennium Metaphorical Conceptions of Time in Social Science and Social Life
175
Culture and Politics in Vietnamese Caodàism
205
Millennial Beliefs Hierocratic Authority and Revolution in Shiite Iran
219
Normative Contentions and Current Issues
241
Fundamentalism and the Political Mobilization of Women
243
An American Paradox The Place of Religion in an Ambiguous Polity
273
Index
287
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About the author (1993)

Said Amir Arjomand is Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of a number of books, including Authority and Culture in Shi’ism, published by SUNY Press, and the editor of the SUNY Press Series in Near Eastern Studies.

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