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Palgrave Macmillan

Global Religions and International Relations

A Diplomatic Perspective

ISBN 9781137407191
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot
Series Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy

The study of religion in the context of international relations is experiencing a resurgence in attention and scholarship, serving as a crucial method of understanding world events through the cultural prism of faith. Religion's ability to confer legitimacy, influence world opinion of leaders and figureheads, and the tendency for religious conflicts to spill over borders all constitute ways in which faith shapes international relations. However, as this book demonstrates, the role of religion is also increasingly important in promoting forms of organized and institutionalized international cooperation, especially in terms of cooperative activity between states and non-state international actors. As global power shifts, a discussion of the role religions play within systemic analysis of international relations and diplomacy is vital toward understanding the future of religion in an increasingly globalized world.

Pasquale Ferrara is Secretary General, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He was Head of the Policy Planning Unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served in several overseas assignments. His academic activities and research focus on international relations theory and religions.

Part I: A Theoretical Overview
1. Religion and world politics
2. Religions and global governance
Part II: Issues and Applications
3. Islam between international politics, transnationalism and national transitions to democracy
4. The Catholic Church and the global shift of power
5. Religious Freedom in the international practice


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