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Religions 2011, 2(4), 536-548; doi:10.3390/rel2040536

Islam and Roman Catholicism as Transnational Political Phenomena: Notes for a Comparative Research Agenda

Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5029, USA
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Received: 9 August 2011 / Revised: 19 September 2011 / Accepted: 29 September 2011 / Published: 30 September 2011
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In this paper, we offer some preliminary insights into a comparison of Islam and Roman Catholicism as transnational or “transcivilizational” political phenomena. We note that both traditions are monotheistic, offer universalist theologies, and have played important political roles both historically and in contemporary national and international politics. The comparison provides some additional insights into the role of ‘the sacred’ in politics at various levels, and presents the possibility of an intermediate level of analysis in comparative politics. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islam; Catholicism; comparative politics; church-state relations Islam; Catholicism; comparative politics; church-state relations
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Jelen, T.G.; Tamadonfar, M. Islam and Roman Catholicism as Transnational Political Phenomena: Notes for a Comparative Research Agenda. Religions 2011, 2, 536-548.

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