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A World Survey of Religion and the State


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521707589

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  • This book delves into the extent of government involvement in religion between 1990 and 2002 using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. The study is based on the Religion and State dataset, which includes 175 governments across the globe, all of which are addressed individually in this book. The forms of involvement examined in this study include whether the government has an official religion, whether some religions are given preferential treatment, religious discrimination against minority religion, government regulation of the majority religion, and religious legislation. The study shows that government involvement in religion is ubiquitous, that it increased significantly during this period, and that only a minority of states, including a minority of democracies, have separation of religion and state. These findings contradict the predictions of religion's reduced public significance found in modernization and secularization theory. The findings also demonstrate that state religious monopolies are linked to reduced religious participation.

    • Most comprehensive data collection on the issue of religion and state to date
    • Can be used as textbook or reference work
    • Covers many subjects across many disciplines in 175 states
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    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521707589
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 154 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 74 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The question of religion's role in politics and society: modernization, secularization, and beyond?
    3. Quantifying religion
    4. Global GIR from 1990 to 2002
    5. Western democracies
    6. The former Soviet bloc
    7. Asia
    8. The Middle East and North Africa
    9. Sub-Saharan Africa
    10. Latin America
    11. Patterns and trends
    12. Conclusions.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introductory study to world religions
    • Religion, Conflict and Social Movements
  • Author

    Jonathan Fox, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

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