Author: Mark Juergensmeyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195640810
This book is a thought-provoking and an informative, scholastic study of a very pressing global problem.
This book surveys the varieties of religious nationalism that have appeared in several countries of South Asia, the Middle East and the former Soviet bloc. Mark Juergensmeyer examines the reasons for this fundamentalist resurgence which is linked in particular ways to nationalism and the rhetoric of anti-secular politics. He shows the ways in which popular struggles against western cultural imperialism and morality also fall within the broad rubric of religious nationalism, and that religious nationalists
Themselves are more than simply ‘religious fanatics’.
Juergensmeyer shows the rapid development of a new vision of politics and religion scattered throughout the globe. His book will interest all those who wish to learn about these new and increasingly urgent configurations in society, religion and politics.
The book is a thought-provoking and an informative, scholastic study of a very pressing global problem.
—The Hindustan Times
…reading this volume…is both profitable and gratifying. The author, Mark Juergensmeyer, also shows an admirable and wide grasp of the material….a valuable addition to the scholarly work on the subject. Its range should attract a wide variety of readers.
—Indian Economic and Social History Review
Preface to the Indian Edition
Introduction: The Rise of Religious Nationalism
PART ONE: RELIGION Vs. NATIONALISM
The Loss of Faith in Secular Nationalism
Faith in Secular Nationalism
The Religious Rejection of Secular Nationalism
Competing Ideologies of Order
Secular Nationalism in the West
The Competition between Two Ideologies
How Secular Nationalism Failed to Accommodate Religion
Can Religion Accommodate the Nation-State?
PART TWO: THE GLOBAL CONFRONTATIONS
Models of Religious Revolution: The Middle East
The Ingredients of a Religious Revolt
Iran: The Paradigmatic Religious Revolution
Egypt’s Incipient Religious Revolt
Religious Revolt in a Jewish State
The Islamic ‘Intifada’: A Revolt within the Palestinian Revolution
Political Targets of Religion: South Asia
Militant Hindu Nationalism
The Sikh War against Both Secular and Hindu Nationalism
Sri Lanka’s Unfinished Religious Revolt
Religious Ambivalence toward Socialist Nationalism: Formerly Marxist States
Religious Revival in Mongolia
Islamic Nationalism in Central Asia
The Religious Rejection of Socialism in Eastern Europe
The Ambivalent Relationship of Religion and Socialism
Patterns of Religious Revolt
PART THREE: THE PROBLEMS AHEAD
Why Religious Confrontations Are Violent
The Rhetoric of Cosmic War
When Cosmic War Becomes Real
Religious Sanction for the Use of Violence
Empowering Marginal People
Democracy, Human Rights, and the Modern Religious State
Theocracy or Democracy?
The Protection of Minority Rights
The Protection of Individual Rights
Modernity and the Religious State
Conclusion: Can We Live with Religious Nationalism?
List of Interview