Bringing Religion into International Relations (Culture and by Jonathan Fox

By Jonathan Fox

This booklet examines the function faith performs in diplomacy in addition to why this function has been neglected beforehand by means of diplomacy theorists. Fox and Sandler argue that whereas faith isn't the motive force in global politics, diplomacy can't be understood with out taking faith under consideration. spiritual legitimacy impacts coverage makers and their elements; neighborhood non secular phenomena, in particular spiritual conflicts, pass borders; many transnational concerns like human rights and inhabitants regulate have spiritual parts. The authors additionally learn Huntington's conflict of Civilizations, which touches ultimately upon the position of faith in present international politics, and supply insights into the Israeli-Palestinian clash.

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Thus, while all of these measures of religion succeed at measuring some aspects of the influence of religion on political behavior, they are all relatively crude variables, especially when compared to the multiple and sophisticated ways in which other variables are measured. For example, there are multiple ways to measure economic inequality. First, some measure land usage and distribution. Second, some measure income inequality. This type of measurement itself is done in diverse ways. It can be measured for sectors, households, or individuals.

Often religious elites decide to oppose the state. This can occur for a variety of interrelated reasons. First, if a state has an official religion that supports it, political opposition may be considered religious opposition. This may require those opposing the state to seek out alternative religions or religious institutions to justify their opposition. Second, when a religious minority rebels against a state, there is a strong likelihood that the minority’s religion will be used to support that rebellion (Lincoln, 1985).

40 Religion in International Relations This dual potential of religion to support hatred and violence on one hand and peace and reconciliation on the other is due to the fact that most religions are internally pluralist in that they have multiple traditions and religious leaders must choose between them and often reinterpret them to deal with new situations (Appleby, 2000: 30–33). Thus, both religious and political leaders have wide discretion in how they use religious legitimacy to further their goals.

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