Religion in International Relations: The Return from Exile

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 14, 2003 - Political Science - 286 pages
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Are the secular foundations of international relations sustainable at present? This comprehensive study shows how the global resurgence of religion confronts international relations theory with a theoretical challenge comparable to that raised by the end of the Cold War or the emergence of globalization. The volume tries to shake the secular foundational myths of the discipline and outline the need for an expansion into religiously inspired spheres of thought. It also challenges the most condemning accusation against religion: the view that the politicization of religion is always a threat to security and inimical to the resolution of conflict. Finally, the task of demystifying religion is taken further with an argument for a stronger and "progressive" political engagement of the worldwide religious traditions in the contemporary globalized era.

Contributors

Carsten Bagge Laustsen, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Fred Dallmayr, Packey Dee Professor of Government, University of Notre Dame, USA
John L. Esposito, Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, USA
Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Princeton University and currently Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Andreas Hasenclever, Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany
Vendulka Kubálková, Professor in the School of International Studies, University of Miami, USA
Cecilia Lynch, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine, USA
Terry Nardin, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Volker Rittberger, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Tubingen, Germany
Scott M. Thomas, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Bath, UK
John O. Voll, Professor of Islamic History at Georgetown University, USA
Ole Wćver, Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denma

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FABIO PETITO is Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at the ESCP-EAP in Paris and teaches International Relations at the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. He holds a Laurea in Economic and Social Disciplines at L. Bocconi University, Milan and an MSc in International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He conducted his doctoral research in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics where he was also Editor (with Pavlos Hatzopoulos) of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

PAVLOS HATZOPOULOS is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and was Editor (with Fabio Petito) of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

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