Religion and Global Order

Edited by John Esposito and Michael Martin Watson

Religion and Global Order

Edited by John Esposito and Michael Martin Watson

Distributed for University of Wales Press

239 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780708315255 Published April 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
As the new millenium dawns, religion is again attracting attention as a public and not just a private matter. This book deals with religion’s contribution to such critical issues for humanity’s future as international order and political stability, Third World development and safeguarding the environment, as well as its challenge to the major modern ideologies of socialism and liberalism.

The process of global change which is challenging the state’s traditional role in international relations is usually seen in terms of economic and technological development. It is also associated with the spreading of modern (Western) consumerist cultural values. Little attention has been paid to the consequences to religion of a process which is affecting not only institutions but also collective values and beliefs. This book addresses the diverse and complex questions raised by a consideration of the relationship of religion to global order. It also assesses the prospects for religion and its likely content in the twenty-first century.
Introduction, John Esposito and Michael Watson

I. Themes, Issues and Tendencies

Overview: the significance of religion for global order, John Esposito and Michael Watson
Religious resurgence, postmodernism and world politics, Scott Thomas
Religious transnationalism and global order, with particular consideration of Islam, James Piscatori
Catholicism and international relations:papal interventionism, Michael Walsh
Political Islam and global order, John Esposito

II From the ‘Old’ to the ‘New’ Order

Religion and the fall of Communism, Paul Badham
Religion and the political and social order in the Middle East, Simon Murden
Renaissance of political religion in the Third World in the context of global Change, Jeff Haynes

III Critiques and Visions

Buddhist response to global development, Sulak Sivaraksa
Judaism and global theology,  Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Theology, ecology and the idea of global order, John Haught
Review Quotes
International Affairs
" . . . the collection provides a useful corrective to the "religion as threat" position that often dominates textbooks on international relations, if religion is mentioned . . . "
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