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Edited by: Chris Seiple , Dennis R. Hoover , Pauletta Otis

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415667449
eBook ISBN: 9780203102312
Adobe ISBN: 9781136239328

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This Handbook breaks new ground by addressing global security through the lens of religion and examining the role religion plays in both war and peace.

In recent years there has been a considerable upsurge of public concern about the role of religion in contemporary violence. However, other than historical materials, there has been a relative neglect of the subject of religion and security. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security fills this gap in the literature by providing an interdisciplinary, comprehensive volume that helps non-specialists and experts alike understand how religion is both part of the problem and part of the solution to security challenges. Featuring contributions from many of the key thinkers in the field, the Handbook is organized into thematic sections, reflective of three basic questions:

  • What does religion think of security?;
  • What does security think of religion?; and,
  • What happens when the two are mixed in specific real-world cases of religious conflict?

This Handbook offers analyses of how nine different world religions have related to issues of war and peace, theologically and practically; overviews of how scholars and practitioners in nine different topical areas of security studies have (or have not) dealt with the relationship between religion and security; and five case studies of particular countries in which the religion--security nexus is vividly illustrated: Nigeria, India, Israel, the former Yugoslavia and Iraq.

This Handbook will be of great interest to students of religion, security studies, war and conflict studies and IR in general.


Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Dichotomous Jewish Understandings of Security: Historical Origins and Contemporary Expressions Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Eastern Orthodoxy and the Fusion of National and Spiritual Security Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Catholic Approaches to Security and Peace Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Always Reforming: Protestantism and International Security Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Shi’a Muslims and Security: the Centrality of Iran Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Islam and Security: A Sunni Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Hinduism and Security: A Hierarchy of Protection Download PDF
Chapter  9:  All Shall Abide in Peace, Prosperity, and Justice: Sikhism and Security Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Protection of Dharma and Dharma as Protection: Buddhism and Security Across Asia Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Religion, war, and Peace: Leavening the Levels of Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Religion and Security in International Relations Theories Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Religion, Nationalism, and International Security: Creation Myths and Social Mechanisms Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Women, Religion, and Security: Islamic Feminism on the Frontlines of Change Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Spiritual Values, Sustainable Security, and Conflict Resolution Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Religion and Public Opinion on Security: A Comparative Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  17:  State Religion and State Repression Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Human Security: A Secularized Social Gospel and the Rediscovery of Religion Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Religion, Media, and Security Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Religion and Security in Nigeria Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Religion, Communalism, and Security in Post-Independence India Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Religion and the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Religion and (in)Security in the Former Yugoslavia Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Religious Initiative for National Reconciliation in Iraq, 2006–07 Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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