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Conflicts involving religion have returned to the forefront of international relations. And yet political scientists and policymakers have continued to assume that religion has long been privatized in the West. This secularist assumption ignores the contestation surrounding the category of the "secular" in international politics. The Politics of Secularism in International Relations shows why this thinking is flawed, and provides a powerful alternative.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd argues that secularist divisions between religion and politics are not fixed, as commonly assumed, but socially and historically constructed. Examining the philosophical and historical legacy of the secularist traditions that shape European and American approaches to global politics, she shows why this matters for contemporary international relations, and in particular for two critical relationships: the United States and Iran, and the European Union and Turkey.

The Politics of Secularism in International Relations develops a new approach to religion and international relations that challenges realist, liberal, and constructivist assumptions that religion has been excluded from politics in the West. The first book to consider secularism as a form of political authority in its own right, it describes two forms of secularism and their far-reaching global consequences.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Chapter One: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter Two: Varieties of Secularism
  2. pp. 23-45
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  1. Chapter Three: Secularism and Islam
  2. pp. 46-64
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  1. Chapter Four: Contested Secularisms in Turkey and Iran
  2. pp. 65-83
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  1. Chapter Five: The European Union and Turkey
  2. pp. 84-101
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  1. Chapter Six: The United States and Iran
  2. pp. 102-115
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  1. Chapter Seven: Political Islam
  2. pp. 116-133
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  1. Chapter Eight: Religious Resurgence
  2. pp. 134-146
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  1. Chapter Nine: Conclusion
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-212
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 213-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-247
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400828012
Related ISBN
9780691134666
MARC Record
OCLC
440769678
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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