Special Issue "Religion, Nationalism and Populism across the North/South Divide"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jocelyne Cesari
E-Mail Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
1. Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
2. Department of Government, Georgetown University, Georgetown360, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA
Interests: religion and politics; political Islam
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In Europe and the United States, religion has become a significant component of the growing nationalist and supremacist political groups which contest the fundamental rights of religious, sexual, or racial minorities in the name of their religious identity. Outside Western secular democracies, the rise of religious claims not only impinges on civil rights but also on the rule of law and democratic life in general.

This Special Issue will examine the religious dimension of populism and nationalism across countries, religious traditions, and historical periods. To do so, it will for the first time bring together scholars of religion and politics to comparatively explore the rise of extreme-right movements in Europe and the white supremacist groups in the USA, but also rise of authoritarian figures in Turkey, Russia, and India. To that effect, we are inviting contributions from different disciplines, addressing specific case studies in and beyond the West as well as thematic and theoretical approaches across case studies.

Prof. Dr. Jocelyne Cesari
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • populism
  • religion
  • nationalism
  • interdisciplinary approach

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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