Special Issue "Religion and the Military: Questions, Concepts and the Future of the Field"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
Interests: civil–military relations; religion and the military; religious feminism
The intersection of religion and the military continues to attract the attention of the public and scholars alike. Tensions regarding the relationship between conscripts (religious or not) within a given military (defined religiously or secularly or undefined) continue to be documented and analyzed. The nature of a given religion, church–state relations, and minority–majority relations all come into play in this exciting field. Even in a volunteer-based military, the dynamics of freedom of association and exit rights, which serve religious individuals and scholars of religion, are inadequate.
The relationship between religion and the military has developed into a field of study in its own right. It has become increasingly interdisciplinary, including scholars from diverse academic fields: religious studies, political science, sociology, gender studies, law, and media studies. Although such scholarship has increased, the basic concepts are still underdeveloped, and it seems that the time has come for the field to assess itself. While growing rich in case-specific work, the field is at the point where it should begin to consider theoretical insights and shape its research tools. We know more than we did a decade ago about case-specific behaviors. We still need to grasp what these behaviors teach us about more general concepts.
We would like this Special Issue to be both the beginning of a more theoretical discussion between those who focus on the relationship between religion and military, as well as an invitation to students to enter the field and enrich it. It will seek to broaden the discussion and consider new questions and insights. Optimally, it will encourage decision-makers and policymakers to think differently about the issue and introduce them to new ideas and strategies. This Special Issue invites you to think about issues of religion and the military in broader contexts and to develop tools of inquiry, models, and general concepts that will inspire scholarly debate and challenge the way we think about religion and the military. Specific case studies will also be considered for publication, although these will be assessed by their contribution to theoretical arguments, concepts, or theories. I look forward to working with you on this exciting project.
Dr. Elisheva Rosman
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- church–state relations
- civil–miltiary relations