SOCI-537-01 Rel/Pol: Global Comparative Survey
Fall for 2010-2011
The course will begin with a critical discussion of the categories of religion and politics within the framework of standard modern theories of secularization of politics and privatization of religion. This analytical-normative model will then be contrasted with a comparative historical survey of diverse types of entanglement of religion and politics in democratic as well as in authoritarian systems, at the level of state, political society and civil society, in Western and non-Western contexts, and within the major religious traditions (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist). We will examine types of religious states (Catholic and Muslim), types of religious political parties (Christian Democracy, Islamic parties), ethno-religious and nationalist parties and movements, and civil religious movements. The course will end with a review of contemporary global transformation of transnational religions and transnational politics.
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Fall '10: Casanova, Jose (file download)
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