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Why Politics Can't Be Freed From Religion

Ivan Strenski

Why Politics Can't Be Freed From Religion

Ivan Strenski

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Religion. Power. Politics. Ideas and institutions that have been laden with a baggage of meanings picked up through the course of history - and which, unfairly or not, are often defined by these historic and social contexts. In this thought-provoking book, Ivan Strenski unpacks the central concepts and influences of religion, politics and power, and provides a new theoretical framework to think about what they mean in today's society. In addition to offering radical critiques of the religious and political perspectives of thinkers such as Talal Asad and Michel Foucault, Strenski moves beyond the theory in applying his intellectual framework to a variety of real-world issues, including insights into suicide bombers in the Middle East.Erudite and engaging, When God Plays Politics provides a timely and highly original contribution to our understanding of these concepts. It tries to dislodge readers from conventional thinking about politics and religion, and in doing so, helps make sense of the complexities of our twenty-first century world.

- Publisher "Why Politics Can't be Freed From Religion" is an original, erudite, and timely new book from Ivan Strenski. Itinterrogates the central ideas and contexts behind religion, politics, and power, proposing an alternative way in which we should think about these issues in the twenty-first century. ^ A timely and highly original contribution to debates about religion, politics and power - and how historic and social influences have prejudiced our understanding of these concepts Proposes a new theoretical framework to think about what these ideas and institutions mean in today's society Applies this new perspective to a variety of real-world issues, including insights into suicide bombers in the Middle East Includes radical critiques of the religious and political perspectives of thinkers such as Talal Asad and Michel Foucault Dislodges our conventional thinking about politics and religion, and in doing so, helps make sense of the complexities of our twenty-first century world

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About "Why Politics Can't Be Freed From Religion"

Religion. Power. Politics. Ideas and institutions that have been laden with a baggage of meanings picked up through the course of history - and which, unfairly or not, are often defined by these historic and social contexts. In this thought-provoking book, Ivan Strenski unpacks the central concepts and influences of religion, politics and power, and provides a new theoretical framework to think about what they mean in today's society. In addition to offering radical critiques of the religious and political perspectives of thinkers such as Talal Asad and Michel Foucault, Strenski moves beyond the theory in applying his intellectual framework to a variety of real-world issues, including insights into suicide bombers in the Middle East.Erudite and engaging, When God Plays Politics provides a timely and highly original contribution to our understanding of these concepts. It tries to dislodge readers from conventional thinking about politics and religion, and in doing so, helps make sense of the complexities of our twenty-first century world.
- Publisher

"Why Politics Can't be Freed From Religion" is an original, erudite, and timely new book from Ivan Strenski. Itinterrogates the central ideas and contexts behind religion, politics, and power, proposing an alternative way in which we should think about these issues in the twenty-first century. ^ A timely and highly original contribution to debates about religion, politics and power - and how historic and social influences have prejudiced our understanding of these concepts Proposes a new theoretical framework to think about what these ideas and institutions mean in today's society Applies this new perspective to a variety of real-world issues, including insights into suicide bombers in the Middle East Includes radical critiques of the religious and political perspectives of thinkers such as Talal Asad and Michel Foucault Dislodges our conventional thinking about politics and religion, and in doing so, helps make sense of the complexities of our twenty-first century world
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Meet the Author

Ivan Strenski

Ivan Strenski is Holstein Family and Community Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of numerous books, including: #60;i#62;Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism and Social Thought#60;/i#62; (2002); #60;i#62;Theology and the First Theory of Sacrifice#60;/i#62; (2003); #60;i#62;The New Durkheim: Essays on Philosophy, Religious Identity and the Politics of Knowledge#60;/i#62; (2006); #60;i#62;Thinking About Religion: An Historical Introduction to Theories of Religion#60;/i#62;; and #60;i#62;Thinking About Religion: A Reader#60;/i#62; (both Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments 1. When God Plays Politics: Radical Interrogations Of Religion, Power, And Politics 2. Interrogating 'religion' 1. Religion Trouble 2. 'seeing' Religion: Six Common Cliches 3. Gagging At The Feast Of Two Unexamined Assumptions: Religion, All Good Or All Bad 4. The Religion-is-no-good Cliche 5. The Second Set Of Two Cliches: Religion Is Belief And Belief In God 6. 'religion's' Private Parts 7. Powerless In Paradise 8. Two Ways To Eliminate 'religion' 9. Is Religion Our Phlogiston? An Historical Test Case 10. Talal Asad's 'religion' Trouble 11. The Trick Of Defining 'religion' 12. Owning 'religion' 13. How Durkheim Took 'ownership' Of 'religion' 14. Religion And Its Despisers 3. Interrogating 'power' 1. Confronting The Paradox Of 'power' 2. How 'power' Plays Havoc With Thinking About "institutional Violence" 3. Whom Should We Blame? 'history' On Trial 4. History's Helper: We Should Also Blame Foucault 5. Problematizing Power In South Africa 6. Foucault Versus Foucault 7. Thinking About Power As Auctoritas And Hierarchy 8. What More Is To Be Done? Thinking About Power As Auctoritas And Social Force 4. Interrogating 'politics' 1. Defining 'politics' 2. Where There Is No Politics: Despotism And Totalitarianism 3. Autonomous Politics 4. Where Our 'politics' Makes No Sense 5. Politics, The Construct 6. Two Pernicious Views Of 'politics' 7. History Lessons For Professor Morgenthau 8. What Constitutionalism Owes The Council Of Constance 9. The Emergence Of The Political ... From The Religious 10. Machiavelli And Luther: Critical Contributions To The Autonomy Of Politics 11. Foucault's Fault Ii: 'everything Is Political' 12. The Hidden Fascism Of Thinking That Everything Is Political 13. Public And Private: No Absolute Line Of Demarcation 14. Resisting The Panopticon 15. Afterword: The Autonomy Of 'politics' And The Nation-state 5. Testing Interrogations Of 'religion,' 'power,' And 'politics': Human Bombers And The Authority Of Sacrifice In The Middle East 1. Is 'suicide' Bombing Religious? 2. Making Too Much Of Religion In 'suicide' Bombing: 'islamofascism' 3. Dying To Make Too Little Of Religion In 'suicide' Bombing: Robert A. Pape 4. No Religion In 'suicide' Bombing: Talal Asad 5. How Religion Helps Explain Human Bombing 6. Human Bombing Is "catastrophe," But Also A "triumph" Of "secular Immortality" 7. Human Bombing = Jihad + Sacrifice 8. Sacrifice Or Suicide? 9. But Do Any Muslims Really Think Human Bombers Are 'sacrifices'? 10. Sacrifice Makes Authority 11. How And Why Sacrifice Works: The Authority Of Sacralization 12. How And Why Sacrifice Works: No Free Gifts 13. Concluding Remarks References Index

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 302074
  • Product Code 9781405176484
  • ISBN 1405176482
  • EAN 9781405176484
  • Pages 216
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Power/politics
  • Publisher John Wiley Press
  • Publication Date Feb 2010
  • Dimensions 2293 x 1574 x 130 mm
  • Weight 0.324kg

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