Special Issue "Religion and International Relations: What do we know and how do we know it?"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Haynes
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Guest Editor
School of Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB, UK
Interests: religion; international relations; democratisation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Twenty years after 9/11 the study of religion and international relations is in flux. Some see the key issue to be the impact of religion on international conflicts. Others stress the multiple roles of both state and non-state actors in relation to international co-operation, focused on collective efforts to tackle pressing global problems, including: the climate emergency, improving the position of females, religious freedom and, more generally, and human rights. In short, the range of concerns which could be included under the rubric of religion and international relations are numerous. In addition, what is the appropriate position of the topic in international relations theory? To understand and account for the roles of religion in international relations, do we need a new theory or can we incorporate the relevant concerns within existing theoretical frameworks?

Finally, it is no longer clear who the ‘big players’ are in the study of religion and international relations. Many have focused on: the USA, including successive administrations’ support for international religious freedom, the international relations of the Vatican and the pope, various Islamist political entities, Hindu nationalists, Buddhism-linked conflict in Burma/Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and how Judaism connects to Israeli nationalism. What other important players in religion and international relations could be noted? What makes them important? More generally, how today can we hope to understand the myriad potential components in the complex mosaic of religion and international relations? The aim of this special issue is to learn more about the relationships of religion and international relations, theoretically, comparatively, and via individual case studies.

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Haynes
Guest Editor

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  • Religious
  • international relations
  • post-secularism

Published Papers

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