NEW BOOK:

Sturla J. Stålsett and Oddbjørn Leirvik (eds.) with Peter Beyer

The Power of Faiths in Global Politics

 

Oslo: Novus forlag 2004

 

ISBN 82-7099-398-0

 

192 pp.


What is the 'power of faiths' in the world today? How does religion influence politics in different national contexts such as Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Cuba, Mexico and Norway? And how do states attempt to control and restrict the power of religion in Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Egypt, France and Canada?

The 'resurgence of religion' has become an important focus of scholarly research. It has been given such remarkable names as the 'revenge of God' (Kepel) and the 'de-secularization of the world' (Berger). Peter Beyer, a main contributor to this volume, has taken a more nuanced approach: The power of faiths is being both consolidated and contested. There seems to be a simultaneous revitalization and relativization of religion in the context of globalisation.

This book explores critically the significance and possible implications of the renewed influence of religion on politics. Drawing on methods and perspectives from the social sciences, inter-religious studies and Christian theology, the authors seek a clearer understanding of this highly complex and controversial phenomenon.

The Power of Faiths in Global Politics has come into being in the framework of the research program "Religion in a Globalised Age: Transfers and Transformations, Integration and Resistance" at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council.


Contents:

 

 

Editors’ Preface: Religion and Politics in a Globalized Age – between Integration and Resistance

 

I.          RELIGION, POWER, AND STATE

 

Introduction: Controlling the Power of Faiths,

by Peter Beyer

 

The Power of the Faithful: Powerful Actors with Clear Intentions or Power Everywhere? by Pål Repstad

 

Should the State Support Religion? Human Rights and Sociological Perspectives, by Ingvill Thorson Plesner

 

Globalizing Secularity? Human Rights between Belief and the Pragmatics of Civility, by Tordis Borchgrevink

 

II           RELIGION, GLOBALIZATION AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

 

The Politics of Women’s Rights in the Middle East, by Turid Smith Polfus

 

Betraying the Nation: The Assasination of Yitzhak Rabin as an Expression of a Religio-Political Crisis of Identity in Israel, by Anne Mailin Selland

 

Religion and National Politics in Turkey: Alevism, Secularism and Globalization, by Hege Irene Markussen

 

Cuban Pentecostals – between Faith and Social Commitment, by Lina Snoek

 

Religious Nationalism in Contemporary Norway, by Torkel Brekke

 

III          RELIGION, SOCIAL ACTIVISM, AND THEOLOGY

 

Interfaith Dialogue and Liberation Theology: between Liberal Multiculturalism and Interreligious Activism, by Oddbjørn Leirvik

 

Liberation Theology: Religious Resistance to Globalization? The Chiapas Uprising as a Case, by Sturla Stålsett

 

Economic Globalization and the Question of Ecological Justice: Voicing Theological Concerns from the Periphery of the ”Global Village”, by Ben-Willie K. Golo

 

IV         RELIGION AND GLOBALIZATION REVISITED

 

Liberal and Conservative Responses to Globalisation: the Case of the Norwegian Pentecostal Missionary Aril Edvardsen, by Oddbjørn Leirvik

 

Globalisation and the Hidden Transcript: Religion as Everyday Resistance, by Sturla Stålsett

 

Faith, Power, and Heuristic Devices: Religion and Globalization Revisited, by Peter Beyer