The study of religion and international relations has been gathering pace over the past few decades, and has intensified since the start of the new millennium, when the discipline experienced a sudden surge of interest attributable to world events, starting with the Iranian Revolution and culminating with U.S. incursions into Afghanistan and Iraq.
This four-volume set organizes and contextualizes this burgeoning literature and its contribution to the study of international theory, focusing in particular on its influence in the subfield of war and peace studies.
The four volumes are arranged thematically, including papers which offer a range of answers to key questions such as:
How has religion shaped the structure of international system?
How do we define the relationship between religion and war?
In what ways has religion prevented, constrained or resolved conflict?
How do we approach the methodological, ontological and epistemological challenges raised by the interdisciplinary study of religion and international relations?
VOLUME ONE: RELIGION AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM The Clash of Civilizations? - Samuel P. Huntington Taking Religious and Cultural Pluralism Seriously: The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Society - Scott Thomas Religion as an Overlooked Element of International Relations - Jonathan Fox History and Arguments: "Substance in Our Enmities" - Anthony W. Marx Reconsidering Westphalia's Legacy for Religion and International Politics - John Carlson and Erik Owens The Loss of Faith in Secular Nationalism - Mark Juergensmeyer Getting Religion: Has Political Science Rediscovered the Faith Factor? - Kenneth D. Wald and Clyde Wilcox Faith in Politics: New Trends in the Study of Religion and Politics - Eva Bellin Has the Study of Global Politics Found Religion? - Daniel Philpott Religion and International Relations Theory: Towards a Mutual Understanding - Nukhet Sandal and Patrick James Why Was There No Religious War in Premodern East Asia? - David Kang VOLUME TWO: RELIGION AND WAR The Rites of Violence: Religious Riot in Sixteenth-Century France - Natalie Zemon Davis Huitzilopochtli's Feast: Sacramental Warfare in Ancient Mexico - James A. Aho Fear and Trembling: Terrorism in Three Religious Traditions - David C. Rapoport Military Religion among the Crusaders: 1095-1215 - David S. Bachrach Getting Religion? The Puzzling Case of Islam and Civil War - Monica Duffy Toft Explaining the Political Ambivalence of Religion - Daniel Philpott Religious Rage: A Quantitative Analysis of the Intensity of Religious Conflicts - Susanna Pearce Fighting with Faith: Religion and Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars - Isak Svensson Islam's Bloody Innards? Religion and Political Terror, 1980-2000 - Indra de Soysa and Ragnhild Nordas What's So `Religious' about `Religious Terrorism'? - Jeroen Gunning and Richard Jackson Blasphemy and Violence - Ron E. Hassner The Ancient Fire: Religion and Suicide Terrorism - Peter S. Henne VOLUME THREE: RELIGION AND PEACE The Killing of Captives and the Destruction of Enemy Fortifications - Shaybani Is It Always Sinful to Wage War? - St. Thomas Aquinas Extract from The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response, A Pastoral Letter on War and Peace - National Conference of Catholic Bishops Historical Roots and Sources of the Just War Tradition in Western Culture - James Turner Johnson World Religions and Conflict Resolution - Harvey Cox et al. Religion and Conflict Transformation - R. Scott Appleby Religion and Peacebuilding - Cynthia Sampson Between Religion and Conflict Resolution: Mapping a New Field of Study - Marc Gopin Faith-based Diplomacy and Preventive Engagement - Douglas Johnston and Brian Cox To Halve and to Hold: Conflicts over Sacred Space and the Problem of Indivisibility - Ron E. Hassner Islamic Principles of Nonviolence and Peacebuilding - Mohammed Abu-Nimer Religion in World Affairs: Its Role in Conflict and Peace - David R. Smock Faithful Brokers? Potentials and Pitfalls of Religion in Peacemaking - Kristian Berg Harpviken and Hanne Eggen Roislien Religion and Mediation: The Role of Faith-based Actors in International Conflict Resolution - Jacob Bercovitch and Ayse S. Kadayifci-Orellana Religion and Peacebuilding - Gerard Powers VOLUME FOUR: RELIGION, IR AND METHODOLOGY The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category - Talal Asad On `Religion' and Its Despisers - Ivan Strenski Does Religion Make a Difference? Theoretical Approaches to the Impact of Faith on Political Conflict - Andrease Hasenclever and Volker Rittberger Clash of Civilizations, or Realism and Liberalism Deja Vu? Some Evidence - Bruce M. Russett, John R. Oneal and Michaelene Cox Is There a Clash of Civilizations? Evidence from Patterns of International Conflict Involvement, 1946-97 - Giacomo Chiozza Ethnicity, Political Systems and Civil Wars - Marta Reynal-Querol Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War - James D. Fearon and David D. Laitin The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism - Robert Pape Clash of Civilisations and Escalation of Domestic Ethnopolitical Conflicts - Philip G. Roeder The Political Authority of Secularism in International Relations - Elizabeth Shakman Hurd Civilisational Conflicts: More Frequent, Longer, and Bloodier? - Andrej Tusicisny Religion Is Not a Preference - Joshua Mitchell Religious Preferences and Social Science: A Second Look - Clyde Wilcox, Kenneth D. Wald, & Tedd G. Jelen Religion and Violence: Coming to Terms with Terms - John D. Carlson The `Ambivalence of the Sacred' in Africa: The Impact of Religion on Peace and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa - Matthias Basedau and Alexander de Juan Shrouded: Islam, War and Holy War in Southeast Asia - Shane Barter and Ian Zatkin-Osburn