Illiberal Politics and Religion in Europe and Beyond

Concepts, Actors, and Identity Narratives

Edited by Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann and Anja Hennig

Illiberal Politics and Religion in Europe and Beyond

Edited by Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann and Anja Hennig

Distributed for Campus Verlag

380 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9783593509976 Will Publish March 2021
Despite the broadly assumed institutional separation of church and state in contemporary Western politics, there is a trend towards renewed alliances between illiberal interpretations of religion and right-wing populist politics that challenge liberal democracy. This book explores the theoretically and empirically complex ideological, structural, and historical linkage between religion and illiberal politics within a broad range of European states. It shows how political actors apply Christian identity narratives to push exclusionist anti-Muslim politics, while simultaneously showcasing the ways in which religious actors evolve as illiberal players searching for political allies. This timely volume offers a critical look at a key contemporary issue that challenges assumptions and the reputations of current relationships between church and state.
 
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