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Technology, tourism, politics, and law have connected human beings around the world more closely than ever before, but this closeness has, paradoxically, given rise to fear, distrust, and misunderstanding between nation-states and religions. In light of the tensions and conflicts that arise from these complex relationships, many search for ways to find peace and understanding through a “global public sphere.” There citizens can deliberate on issues of worldwide concern. Their voices can be heard by institutions able to translate public opinion into public policy that embraces more than simply the interests and ideas of the wealthy and the empowered.

Contributors to this volume address various aspects of this challenge within the context of Bahá’í thought and practice, whose goal is to lay the foundations for a new world civilization that harmonizes the spiritual and material aspects of human existence. Bahá’í teachings view religion as a source of enduring insight that can enable humanity to repair and transcend patterns of disunity, to foster justice within the structures of society, and to advance the cause of peace. Accordingly, religion can and ought to play a role in the broader project of creating a pattern of public discourse capable of supporting humanity’s transition to the next stage in its collective development.

The essays in this book make novel contributions to the growing literature on post-secularism and on religion and the public sphere. The authors additionally present new areas of inquiry for future research on the Bahá’í faith.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. Geoffrey Cameron, Hamilton, Canada
    Benjamin Schewel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Geoffrey Cameron and Benjamin Schewel
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. ONE: Religion in an Age of Transition
  2. Benjamin Schewel
  3. pp. 13-36
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  1. TWO: Religion, Spiritual Principles, and Civil Society
  2. David A. Palmer
  3. pp. 37-70
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  1. THREE: Media and Public Discourse: Normative Foundations
  2. Michael Karlberg
  3. pp. 71-96
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  1. FOUR: Education and Moral Empowerment: Raising Capacity for Participation in Public Discourse
  2. Sona Farid-Arbab
  3. pp. 97-130
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  1. FIVE: An Inquiry into the Harmony of Science and Religion
  2. Farzam Arbab
  3. pp. 131-162
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  1. SIX: Bahá’í Participation in Public Discourse: Some Considerations Related to History, Concepts, and Approaches
  2. Shahriar Razavi
  3. pp. 163-190
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  1. SEVEN: Contributions to International Development Discourse: Exploring the Roles of Science and Religion
  2. Matthew Weinberg
  3. pp. 191-220
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  1. EIGHT: New Politics of Engagement: The Bahá’í International Community, the United Nations, and Gender Equality
  2. Julia Berger
  3. pp. 221-254
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  1. NINE: The Bahá’í Community and Public Policy: The Bahá’í Refugee Resettlement Program (1981–1989)
  2. Geoffrey Cameron
  3. pp. 255-280
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781771123310
Related ISBN
9781771123303
MARC Record
OCLC
1020998481
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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