This book proposes a post-Cold War paradigm based on the interaction between the contemporary globalization of the political, economic, military, and communication systems and the increasing role of religion in influencing global politics. Rapid technological advances have constantly recast politics, economics, armed conflict, and the media. These four systems are thus becoming not just more international, but are also rapidly integrating. Eric Hanson constructs the new global paradigm by explaining the roles of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Maoist Marxism in world politics.
Part I. Religion and Politics in the New Global Paradigm: 1. A new paradigm for world politics?; 2. A political perspective on religion and politics; 3. A religious perspective on religion and politics; 4. The religions of the book, meditative experience, and public life; Part II. Religion in Contemporary World Politics: 5. The West: Christianity, secularization, and immigration; 6. East Asia: modernization and ideology; 7. South and Central Asia: the legacies of Gandhi and Khomeini and the bomb; 8. The Middle East and North Africa: Jewish and Islamic politics; 9. Latin America: indigenous religions, Christianity, and globalization; 10. Religion and politics for the next millenium.
"The horrific images of suicide bombs and subway attacks make us all aware that the power of religious politics in the 21st century cannot be ignored. This carefully reasoned book shows that it also should not be ignored. It explores how and where a religious dimension can be infused with political order throughout the world. In a comprehensive manner, it moves from region to region, exploring the diverse forms of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhism formulations of religious politics. What it shows, in a thorough and thoughtful way, is that the possibilities of religious politics are richer and more enduring than the momentary flashes of the extremists' bombs would lead us to believe." Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence