Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats, and World Politics

The effect of religious factors on politics has been a key issue since the end of the Cold War and the subsequent rise of religious terrorism. However, the systematic investigations of these topics have focused primarily on the effects of religion on domestic and international conflict. Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats, and World Politics offers a comprehensive evaluation of the role of religion in international relations, broadening the scope of investigation to such topics as the relationship between religion and cooperation, religion and conflict, and the relationship between religion and the quality of life. Religion is often manipulated by political elites to advance their principal goal of political survival. Zeev Maoz and Errol A. Henderson find that no specific religion is either consistently more bellicose or consistently more cooperative than other religions. However, religious similarity between states tends to reduce the propensity of conflict and increase the opportunity for security cooperation. The authors find a significant relationship between secularism and human security.



Work Title Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats, and World Politics
Subtitle Religious Sources of Conflict and Cooperation in the Modern Era
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  1. Zeev Maoz
  2. Errol A. Henderson
  1. quality of life
  2. international trade
  3. international organizations
  4. democracy
  5. international conflict
  6. religion-state relations
  7. religion
  8. international cooperation
  9. preferential trade agreements
  10. religious homogeneity/diversity
  11. international politics
  12. human security
  13. alliances
  14. cooperative communities
  15. gender equality
  16. civil war
  17. world religions project (WRP)
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Book
  1. University of Michigan Press
Publication Date March 2020
  1. Religion
  2. Political Science - Political Theory
  3. Political Science - International Relations
  1. English
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Deposited April 30, 2020




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