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Religion and Democracy

Ronald Nettler (Editor), David Marquand (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22184-5
144 pages
June 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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100 years ago, secular liberals thought religion would gradually recede from the public sphere and become an exclusively private concern. Today, organised religion is still a powerful political force in most parts of the world. In many its political significance has grown. But is it an ally or an enemy of pluralist democracy? That crucial question provides the theme for this path-breaking collection.
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Table of Contents

1. Foreward: David Marquand and Ronald L. Nettler (Mansfield College, Oxford).

2. Secularism?: John Keane.

3. Living with Difference in India: Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd Rudolph.

4. Religion and Democracy in Israel: Emanuele Ottolenghi.

5. Islam, Politics and Democracy: Mohamed Talbi and Islamic Modernism: Ronald L. Nettler.

6. Trajectories of Political Islam: Egypt, Iran and Turkey: Sami Zabaida.

7. American Fundamentalism and the Selling of God: Harold Perkin.

8. The Quiet Continent: Religion and Politics in Europe: Colin Crouch.

9. J.N.Figgis, Churches and the State: Paul Hirst.

10. Making the Christian World Safe for Liberalism: from Grotius to Rawls: Timothy Samuel Shah.

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Author Information

David Marquand is Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. A member of the editorial board of Political Quarterly, his research interests include political economy, British Government and Politics and the history of the British and European left.

Ronald L. Nettler is Fellow and Tutor in Oriental Studies, Mansfield College, Oxford, and Hebrew Centre Lecturer in Oriental Studies, Oxford University. His main interest is in Islamic and Jewish religious thought, medieval and modern.

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