Special Issue "Politicization of Religion from a Global Perspective"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2021) | Viewed by 6489
2. Department of Political Science, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow 125993, Russia
Interests: Orthodox Christianity and politics; religious fundamentalism; nationalism; memory politics
At the beginning of the 21st century, religion, far from simply being an instrument of national and international political actors, continues to play important political roles, even in the most secularized parts of the world. Discussing global religious politicization, this issue moves beyond church–state relations to focus on the influence of religious beliefs and faith practices on global developments in politics and security, such as conflict resolution and peacekeeping, the role of faith-based NGOs in international development, global religious diasporas, regional and international integration, the emergence of transnational faith networks, etc. Although world politics is still influenced by organized religious institutions, such as churches, we expect to unveil more subtle ways by which faiths govern political decisions and diplomatic activities: via ideology, ethics, diasporas or the institutional commitments of political influencers.
Some contemporary academic literature considers religion, either in the form of transnational politicized networks or sub-state sectarian groups, as undermining state sovereignty and security; other publications envision faith as a powerful tool for diplomacy and statecraft that strengthens nation states and ensures their legitimacy. The purpose of the Special Issue is to reconcile these seemingly antagonistic positions by investigating the contexts in which religion may be destructive for the global order and the contexts in which it promotes international security and development.
Scholars dealing with all aspects of global religious politicization are welcome to submit proposals. Preference will be given to comparative studies covering multiple regions of the world. The temporal scope of the issue is limited to today’s problematiques.
Prof. Anastasia Mitrofanova
Prof. Sharyl Cross
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- politicization of religion
- transnational religious networks
- religious peacekeeping
- religion and conflict
- religion and diplomacy
- religion-affiliated international NGOs
- religion and security
- religion and geopolitics