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Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World, 2021/22, Semester 2
Prof. Sean McLoughlin
s.mcloughlin@leeds.ac.uk
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Jonathan Fox, An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice SECOND EDITION (London: Routledge, 2018)  

 

PART 1 – THEORIES OF RELIGION, POLITICS AND SOCIETY

Week 1:  A Social Sciences Framework & Global Comparative Perspective

Compulsory Reading:

Jonathan Fox, An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice (2018), Introduction (1-6); Conclusions (206-210).  

Further Reading:

Beyer P, Religions in global society ISBN: 0415393191 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0415393183 (hardback : alk. paper); 0203087186 (e-book). 1st ed. London; New York: Routledge; 2006, Introduction. E-Book

Bruce S, Politics and religion. Cambridge: Polity; 2003. Chapters 1 & 7.

Davie G. The sociology of religion. London: Sage; 2007. Chapters 5, 9 & 10. [Chapter 10: OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 07/09/2020) ]

Fox J, Sandler S. Bringing religion into international relationsISBN: 140396551x. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2004. Chapters 1 & 2, 4 & 5. E-Book

Haynes J. Religion in Third World politics ISBN: 1555874568 (alk. paper). Boulder, CO: L. Rienner; 1994. Introduction.

Haynes J. Introduction to international relations and religion. Harlow: Pearson; 2007. Chapter 1. E-Book

Haynes J, Routledge handbook of religion and politicsISBN: 9780415600293 (pbk.) : £29.99; 0415600294 (pbk.) : £29.99. London: Routledge; 2010. Chapter 1. E-Book

Nye M. Religion : the basicsISBN: 0415263794 (pbk); 0415263786. London: Routledge; 2003. Chapters 1 & 2. E-Book

Thomas S. The global resurgence of religion and the transformation of international relations : the struggle for the soul of the Twenty-first CenturyISBN: 1403961573 (pbk.) : £18.99; 1403961123 (cased) : £55.00. Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan; 2005. Introduction & Chapter 1. E-Book

 

Week 2: Modernity, Religion and Secularity

Compulsory Reading:

Jonathan Fox, An introduction to religion and politics : theory and practice (2018), Chapter 2 (10-31) on Secularization; Chapter 12 (169-180) on Political Secularism.  

Further Reading:

Bhambra, G.K. & J. Holmwood Colonialism and Modern Social Theory (Polity Press, 2021) Chapter 4 Weber: Religion, Nation, and Empire

Davie G. The sociology of religion. London: Sage; 2007. Chapter 3 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 07/09/2020) 

Bruce Lincoln, Holy terrors: thinking about religion after September 11ISBN: 0226482030 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780226482033(University of Chicago Press), Chapter 1 Ebook linked, no OCR requirement [chg Library, 07/09/2020] 

Norris and Inglehart, ‘Uneven Secularization in the United States and Western Europe’, in Thomas Banchoff (ed) Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism (OUP, 2007)  

Talal Asad, ‘The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category’ in Genealogies of religion : discipline and reasons of power in Christianity and Islam ISBN: 0801846323 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0801846315 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982) pp. 27-54

Haynes J, Routledge handbook of religion and politics ISBN: 9780415600293 (pbk.) : £29.99; 0415600294 (pbk.) : £29.99. London: Routledge; 2010. Chapter 10. E-Book

 

Week 3: A Global Religious ‘Resurgence’? Beliefs, Identity and Politics

Compulsory Reading:

Jonathan Fox, An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice (2018), Chapter 3 (32-48) on Identity; Chapter 4 (49-58) on Beliefs.  

Further Reading:

Steve Bruce, Religion and Politics (2003), Chapter 1 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 07/09/2020) 

Ian Buruma, Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents (Princeton University Press, 2010)Introduction (pp.1-11) E-Book

Robert Bellah, ‘Civil Religion in America’, Daedalus, Vol. 96, No. 1, Religion in America (Winter, 1967), pp. 1-21 http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/20027022.pdf?acceptTC=true

Mark Cladis, ‘Painting Landscapes of Religion in America: Four Models of Religion in Democracy’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion.ISSN: 0002-7189Vol. 76, No. 4 (Dec., 2008), pp. 874-904

Haynes J, Routledge handbook of religion and politics London: Routledge; 2010. Chapter 13.

 

Week 4: Political Actors and Interests, Religious Legitimacy and Mobilization

Compulsory Reading:

Jonathan Fox, An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice (2018), Chapter 5 (59-72) on Religious Legitimacy; Chapter 6 (73-82) on Religious Institutions and Political Mobilization.  

Further Reading:

Bruce S, Politics and religion. Cambridge: Polity; 2003. Chapters 4, 5 & 6.

Fox, J. An introduction to religion and politics : theory and practice (2018), Chapter 3 and 12.

Haynes J. Introduction to international relations and religion. Harlow: Pearson; 2007. Chapters 3-5. E-Book

Haynes J, Routledge handbook of religion and politics London: Routledge; 2010. Chapters 12 & 14. E-Book

Haynes J. Religious transnational actors and soft power Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate; 2012.

Fox J, Sandler S. Bringing religion into international relations ISBN: 140396551x. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2004. Chapters 1 & 2.

Nye M. Religion: the basicsISBN: 0415263794 (pbk); 0415263786. London: Routledge; 2003. Chapter 3. E-Book

Thomas S. The global resurgence of religion and the transformation of international relations : the struggle for the soul of the Twenty-first Century Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan; 2005. Chapter 4.

 

PART 2 – KEY REGIONAL CONTEXTS, TRADITIONS AND THEMES IN A GLOBAL COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE AMERICAS

General background reading:

Jonathan Fox, An introduction to religion and politics : theory and practice (2018) 141-159; 160-175.

Jeffrey Haynes, Routledge handbook of religion and politics. Routledge 2010. Chapters 3 & 4; 25. E-Book

 

Week 5: Protestant Christianity and Civil Rights in the U.S.

Compulsory Reading:

John W. De Gruchy, Christianity and Democracy (CUP 1995) Ch. 5

Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’, Ch. 42 in Bradstock and Rowland (eds) Radical Christian Writings: a Reader  (Blackwell 2002) [E-Book available in the library: http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/record=b3630626~S5]

Further Reading:

M Kendra Barbara, ‘Whither Shall We Go? The Past and Present of Black Churches and the Public Sphere’, Religions 2015, 6 (1), 245-265 – accessible here: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/1/245/htm.

Harvey, P. 'Civil Rights Movements and Religion in America', Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion [http://religion.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.001.0001/acrefore-9780199340378-e-492]

Shawn Copeland, ‘Black Political Theologies’, Chapter 19 in Cavanaugh and Scott (eds) The Blackwell companion to political theology (Blackwell, 2007). E-Book

James Cone, ‘Black Theology in American Religion’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 53, No. 4, 75th Anniversary Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Dec., 1985), pp. 755-771.

Dwight Hopkins, ‘Introduction’, in Hopkins and Antonio (eds) The Cambridge companion to Black theology [electronic resource] (CUP 2012).

Anthony Reddie, ‘Black Theology in Britain’, Ch. 17 in Hopkins and Antonio (eds) The Cambridge companion to Black theology [electronic resource] (CUP 2012).

Haynes J, Routledge handbook of religion and politics. London: Routledge; 2010. Chapter 15.

 

Week 6: Catholic Christianity, Liberation and Social Revolution in Latin America

Compulsory Reading:

Gustavo Guttierez, A Theology of Liberation (1988) Chapter 7    

Further Reading:

Bradstock and Rowland (eds) Radical Christian Writings: a Reader(Blackwell 2002) Ch. 42. E-Book 

Casanova, J. Public religions in the modern world (University of Chicago Press, 1994), Chapter 5. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 07/09/2020) 

Cooper, T. Controversies in political theology : development or liberation? (London: SCM Press, 2007), pp.21-66. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 07/09/2020) 

Fox, J. An introduction to religion and politics : theory and practice (2018) Chapter 11.

Goizueta, R.S. ‘Gustavo Guttierez’ in Scott, P. and Cavanaugh, W. (eds) The Blackwell companion to political theology(Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), Ch. 20. E-Book

Hertzke, A. 'The Catholic Church and Catholicism in Global Politics' in Haynes, J. (ed) Routledge handbook of religion and politics Ch. 4. E-Book

Mesters, C. ‘The Use of the Bible in Christian Communities of the Common People’ in Hennelly, A.T. (ed) Liberation theology : a documentary history (New York: Orbis Books, 1997) Chapter 2. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (chg 08/09/2020)    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 18/01/2022) 

Rowland, C. (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology (Cambridge: CUP, 1999) 109-128.

Foroohar, M. ‘Liberation Theology: The Response of Latin American Catholics to Socioeconomic Problems’ Latin American perspectives.Vol. 13, No. 3, Religion, Resistance, Revolution (Summer, 1986), pp. 37-58

Segundo, J.L. ‘The Future of Christianity in Latin America’ in Hennelly, A.T. (ed) Liberation theology : a documentary history(New York: Orbis Books, 1997) Chapter 3

Smith, C. The emergence of liberation theology : radical religion and social movement theory (University of Chicago Press, 1991)

 

RELIGIONS, POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN SOUTH AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA

General background reading:

Jonathan Fox, An introduction to religion and politics : theory and practice Routledge 2018. Some material on South/South-East Asian countries. Check Index.

Jeffrey Haynes, Routledge handbook of religion and politics . Routledge 2010. Chapters 2, 5 & 6; 24.

 

Week 7: Religion and Global Development

Compulsory Reading:

Emma Tomalin (2014) Religions and Development. In Vandana Desai and Rob Potter (eds) 2014: The Companion to Development Studies. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 529-533. 

Further Reading:

Bradley, Tamsin 2005: Does Compassion Bring Results? a critical Perspective on Faith and Development. Culture and religion. , 6(3): 227-351. [This article focuses on rural Rajasthan in India].

Bradley, Tamsin and Nida Kirmani (2015) Religion, gender and development in South Asia. In Emma Tomalin (Ed) The Routledge handbook of religions and global development, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 215-230.

Deneulin, Séverine and Carole Rakodi (2011) ‘Revisiting Religion: Development Studies Thirty Years On ISSN: 0305-750x’, 

Tomalin, Emma (2015) ‘Religion and development in India and Pakistan: an overview’. In Emma Tomalin (Ed) The Routledge handbook of religions and global development , London and New York: Routledge, pp. 183-199.

Tomalin, Emma (2013) Religions and development. London and New York: Routledge. [See Chapter 4 ‘Religious Approaches to Development’ for background on Islamic, Hindu and Christian perspectives on economic development].

Haustein, J. and Tomalin, E. (2017) 'Religion and Development in Africa and Asia'. In Pedro Amakasu Raposo, David Arase, Scarlett Cornelissen (eds) Routledge Handbook of Africa–Asia Relations. London and New York: Routledge. Chapter 5.

 

Week 8: Religion and Women’s Rights

Compulsory Reading:

Peach, L. J. (2000) 'Human rights, religion and (sexual) slavery', Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 20   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 04/12/2020) 

Further Reading:

Anālayo, Bhikkhu (2013) The Legality of BhikkhunÄ« Ordination. Journal of Buddhist ethics. Volume 20. (http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/files/2013/09/Analayo-Legality-final.pdf)

Lindberg Falk, Monica (2015) Religion and gender in developing South-East Asia. In Emma Tomalin (Ed) The Routledge handbook of religions and global development , London and New York: Routledge, pp. 266-280.

Seeger, Martin (20) Reversal of Female Power, Transcendentality, and Gender in Thai Buddhism: The Thai Buddhist female saint Khun Mae Bunruean Tongbuntoem (1895–1964). Modern Asian studies., 47 (05): 1488 – 1519.

Tomalin, E. (2006) The Thai bhikkhuni movement and women's empowerment. Gender and development.. 14 (3): 385-397.

Tomalin, E. (2014) Gender, Buddhism, and the Bhikkhuni Ordination: Transnational Strategies for the Feminist Transformation of Religion in the 21st Century. In Niamh Reilly, Stacey Scriver (eds) Religion, gender, and the public sphere. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 109-119.

N.B. the following have also been set as additional core readings for Seminar V:

Tomalin, E. (2015) ‘Religion and development in India and Pakistan: an overview’. In Emma Tomalin (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 183-199.  

Tomalin, E. (2006) The Thai bhikkhuni movement and women's empowerment. Gender and Development. 14 (3): 385-397  

 

CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE IN AND BEYOND THE MUSLIM MIDDLE EAST

General background reading:

Jonathan Fox, An introduction to religion and politics : theory and practice Routledge 2018. Many sections reference Islam. Check Index. 

Jeffrey Haynes, Routledge handbook of religion and politics. Routledge 2010. Chapters 7 (Islam/ism), 8 (Shi'ism) + 11 (fundamentalisms), 19 (transnationalism), 20 (globalization) & 21 (terrorism).

 

Week 9: Islam, ‘Fundamentalism’ & the Postcolonial Nation-State - Iran and Turkey

Compulsory Reading:

Peter Mandaville, ‘How do religious beliefs affect politics?’, in Edkins & Zehfuss (eds) Global Politics: a New Introduction(2013): http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415431316/Sample%20Chapter%205.pdf. pp.101-111; 113-119.  

Further Reading:

Jonathan Fox, An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice (2018), pp.98-108.

Beyer P, Religions in global society. 1st ed. London; New York: Routledge; 2006, pp. 155-85.

Gellner, E. (1992) Postmodernism, reason and religion. London: Routledge pp. 1-22.

Haynes J. Introduction to international relations and religion. Harlow: Pearson; 2007. Chapter 11.

Sayyid S. A fundamental fear: Eurocentrism and the emergence of Islamism. London: Zed Books; 1997/2003/2015. Chapters 1, 3-4.

 

Week 10: Islam(ism): democratising protest in Egypt & al-Qaeda’s transnational Jihad

Compulsory Reading:

Mandaville, P. Islam and politics. Third. ed. Routledge; 2020, Chapter 4 (especially pp. 134-149 but read widely for essay) and Chapter 7 (especially pp. 352-60 but read widely for essay). E-Book.  

Further Reading:

Commins, D. (2006). The Wahhabi mission and Saudi Arabia. London: I.B. Tauris, especially Chapter 6.

Esposito, John L. & Sonn, T. (eds.) Islam and democracy after the Arab Spring; Oxford University Press. 2016. Chapter 8 on Egypt.

Gerges, F. The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda, New York: Oxford University Press; 2011. Introduction; Chapter 1.

Sedgwick, M. Al-Qaeda and the Nature of Religious Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence
Volume 16, 2004 - Issue 4 pp. 795-814

Wickham, C. The Muslim Brotherhood evolution of an Islamist movement, Princeton: Princeton University. 2013, 2015. Updated edition. Chapter 1.

Wiktorowicz, Q. The new global threat: transnational Salafis and Jihad, Middle East Policy, Dec, 2001, Vol.8(4), p.18-38

This list was last updated on 26/04/2022