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New Book: Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization

New Book: Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization

Religiously Oriented Parties and Democratization
Edited by Luca Ozzano, Francesco Cavatorta


Routledge – 2014 – 174 pages

Series: Democratization Special Issues

To the surprise of both academics and policy-makers, religion has not been relegated entirely to the private sphere; quite the contrary. Over the last few decades, religion has begun to play a significant role in public affairs and, in many cases, directly in political systems. This edited volume analyses in detail how religion and religious precepts inform the ideology, strategies and electoral behaviour of political parties. Working with an original and innovative typology of religiously oriented political parties, the book examines cases from different regions of the world and different religious traditions to highlight the significance of religion for party politics. This interest for religiously oriented parties is combined with an interest in processes of democratic change and democratic consolidation. Political parties are central to the success of processes of democratization while religion is seen in many circles as an element that prevents such success because it is perceived to be a polarising factor detrimental to the consensus necessary to build a liberal-democratic system. Through the different case-studies presented here, a much more complex picture emerges, where religiously oriented political parties perform very different and often contradicting roles with respect to democratic change.

This book was published as a special issue of Democratization.


1. Introduction: religiously oriented parties and democratization (Luca Ozzano and Francesco Cavatorta) 2. The many faces of the political god: a typology of religiously oriented parties (Luca Ozzano) 3. The perils of polarization and religious parties: the democratic challenges of political fragmentation in Israel and Turkey (Sultan Tepe) 4. Moderation through exclusion? The journey of the Tunisian Ennahda from fundamentalist to conservative party (Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone) 5. Refining the moderation thesis. Two religious parties and Indian democracy: the Jana Sangh and the BJP between Hindutva radicalism and coalition politics (Christophe Jaffrelot) 6. Ahab and the white whale: the contemporary debate around the forms of Catholic political commitment in Italy (Alberta Giorgi) 7. Religious parties in Chile: the Christian Democratic Party and the Independent Democratic Union (Juan Pablo Luna, Felipe Monestier and Fernando Rosenblatt) 8. Religion and democratization in Northern Ireland: is religion actually ethnicity in disguise? (Eoin O’Malley and Dawn Walsh) 9. Conclusion: reassessing the relation between religion, political actors, and democratization (Luca Ozzano and Francesco Cavatorta)

Cfp: Diasporic and Migrant Identities

Cfp: Diasporic and Migrant Identities

International Conference: “Diasporic and Migrant Identities: Social, Cultural, Political, Religious and Spiritual Aspects”, Sarajevo, 23-24 April 2015

The conference will open up the floor for dialogue about diasporic and migrant identities of Balkan Muslims and also establish a network of scholars and researchers working on these issues.


Cfp: Religion, Diversity and Governance

Cfp: Religion, Diversity and Governance

Religion, Diversity and Governance

Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)

in partnership with the

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

Religion and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University

Deakin University
Melbourne City Centre Campus
3 – 5 December 2014

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa Professor Gary D. Bouma, Monash University Professor Matthew Clarke, Deakin University Dr Cathy Byrne, Southern Cross University

Many countries, such as Australia, are becoming increasingly religiously diverse and, at the same time, non-religious. This has resulted in a re-thinking of the place of religion in late modernity and of what constitutes a secular society. These developments have also led scholars to devise frameworks for the management (Bouma 1995, 1999) or governance (Bader 2007) of religious diversity. This conference will explore the following research areas:

* Religion and Education
* Interreligious Relations
* Religion and Gender
* Religion and Sexuality
* Spirituality
* Indigenous Culture
* Religion and Authority
* Religion and Development
* Religion and the Environment
* Digital Religion
* Religion and Philosophy
* New Atheism

Call for papers

Please submit a 250 word abstract with your name, title, and affiliation to by June 30, 2014. Please indicate if you are a PhD student, and if so, at which University. We will consider abstracts on the above themes and also the wider field of religion research.

Participants will be notified whether their paper has been accepted or not by July 31, 2014.

Post-Graduate Essay Prizes

The AASR and Equinox both award a post-graduate prize of $500 to the two best abstracts submitted by PhD students to assist them to attend the conference. The winners’ full papers will also be considered for publication in the AASR’s Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, which is published by Equinox.

Cfp: Explaining Nonreligion and Secularity in the US and Beyond

Cfp: Explaining Nonreligion and Secularity in the US and Beyond

Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network – 3rd International Conference
Call for Papers | 19-20 November 2014, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

Conveners: Ryan Cragun (, Christel Manning
(, and Phil Zuckerman (

Keynote speakers:
Professor Darren Sherkat (Sociology, Southern Illinois University)
Professor Lori Beaman (Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottowa)

The study of nonreligion and secularity, long neglected by religion researchers, has recently become a growing field of inquiry. The NSRN is an international, interdisciplinary association of scholars from various fields (religious studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, history, etc.) who are interested in nonreligion, atheism, secularity, secularism, secularization – and related issues. Since the NSRN convened its first international conference in 2009 at the University of Oxford, UK, research and publications dealing with nonreligion and secularity have continued to increase and diversify. The third NSRN conference will reflect upon accumulated and newly emerging empirical work and focus attention on how these diverse phenomena can be explained. To what extent do they fit into existing theoretical frameworks, such as secularization theories, ‘desecularization’ theories and pluralist or ‘postsecular’ models? Do we need to refine these models, or even generate new theories altogether in order to understand the occurrence and nature of contemporary secular populations and nonreligious cultures?

The conference welcomes papers that further expand our understanding of nonreligion and secularity, including topics such as:

Theoretical development in the study of secularity and nonreligion
The explosion of the so-called “Nones” in the United States in the last two decades
Nonreligion and secularity in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
Cross-cultural comparisons/contrasts of nonreligion and secularity
Secularism and politics in the USA and around the world
Intersections of non-religion and secularity with race, class, and gender
The varieties of nonreligious experience
Typological development in the analysis of secular people and secular movements
Neurological and emotional aspects of secularity
Secularity and sexuality
Prospects for the further development of secular studies
Ritual and community within secular culture
Secular-religious conflict and cooperation
Apostasy and religious rejection

Abstracts for panels and presentations should be submitted to Ryan Cragun by 1 June 2014.
Abstracts should be 250 words long and accompanied by a short biographical note.

Registration will open in April 2014. Full conference (includes all meals, does not include accommodations) is $155.

New Book: Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe

New Book: Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe

Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe

Phillip Connor, Ph.D.

New York University Press – August 2014


More details and pre-order:


Immigrant Faith examines trends and patterns relating to religion in the lives of immigrants. The volume moves beyond specific studies of particular faiths in particular immigrant destinations to present the religious lives of immigrants in the United States, Canada, and Europe on a broad scale.

Religion is not merely one aspect among many in immigrant lives. Immigrant faith affects daily interactions, shapes the future of immigrants in their destination society, and influences society beyond the immigrants themselves. In other words, to understand immigrants, one must understand their faith.

Drawing on census data and other surveys, including data sources from several countries and statistical data from thousands of immigrant interviews, the volume provides a concise overview of immigrant religion. It sheds light on whether religion shapes the choice of destination for migrants, if immigrants are more or less religious after migrating, if religious immigrants have an easier adjustment, or if religious migrants tend to fare better or worse economically than non-religious migrants.

Immigrant Faith covers demographic trends from initial migration to settlement to the transmission of faith to the second generation. It offers the perfect introduction to big picture patterns of immigrant religion for scholars and students, as well as religious leaders and policy makers.

Phillip Connor is a research associate at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.

Religion, Nation(alism) and Transnationalism Symposium

Religion, Nation(alism) and Transnationalism Symposium

The University of Western Sydney’s Religion and Society Research Centre invites you to attend the:

Religion, Nation(alism) and Transnationalism Symposium


Saïd Arjomand, State University of New York

Julia Day Howell, University of Western Sydney

Mark Hutchinson, University of Western Sydney

Patrick Michel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Enzo Pace, University of Padua

Bryan Turner, Australian Catholic University and City University of New York

Firdaus Wajdi, State University of Jakarta and University of Western Sydney

Date: Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Time: 09:00 AM – 16:30 PM

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 5, Lecture Theatre 15

RSVP: by Wednesday, 2 July 2014 – for catering purposes (please advise of any special dietary requirements)

Symposium Introduction

With the permeability of borders and the greatly increased speed and volume of international communication and transportation, we have entered a new era of transnationalism. In this post-Westphalian world, religions are taking part in a network society that cuts across borders. If world religions have dominated the global sphere for centuries, today we are faced with a plethora of new religious recompositions. This symposium will explore the impact of globalisation on the relationship between religion and nation, religion and nationalism, and the changes that transnationalism has brought on religious groups (and vice versa).

International Sociology Special Issue on ‘Multiple Secularities’

International Sociology Special Issue on ‘Multiple Secularities’

Special Issue: Multiple Secularities: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age


Marian Burchardt, Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, and Ute Wegert ‘Multiple secularities’: Postcolonial variations and guiding ideas in India and South Africa

Gudrun Krämer
Modern but not secular: Religion, identity and the ordre public in the Arab Middle East

David Lehmann
Religion as heritage, religion as belief: Shifting frontiers of secularism in Europe, the USA and Brazil

Peter Beyer
Questioning the secular/religious divide in a post-Westphalian world

Ann Swidler
African affirmations: The religion of modernity and the modernity of religion

New Book: One Family Under God

New Book: One Family Under God

One Family Under God: Immigration Politics and Progressive Religion in America
Grace Yukich
Oxford University Press 2013


– Focuses on progressive religious activists, a group that has often been ignored in favor of focusing on conservative religious activists or secular leftists
– Focuses on stories of mixed-status immigrant families in danger of being separated through deportation and the complexities surrounding their cases, which challenge simplistic understandings of immigration status
– Introduces a new theoretical concept-the multi-target social movement-and develops hypotheses about how having multiple targets might shape a movement

Behind the walls of a church, Liliana and her baby eat, sleep, and wait.
Outside, protestors shout ”Go back to Mexico!” and ”Tax this political church!” They demand that the U.S. government deport Liliana, which would separate her from her husband and children. Is Liliana a criminal or a hero? And why does the church protect her?

Grace Yukich draws on extensive field observation and interviews to reveal how immigration is changing religious activism in the U.S. In the face of nationwide immigration raids and public hostility toward ”illegal” immigration, the New Sanctuary Movement emerged in 2007 as a religious force seeking to humanize the image of undocumented immigrants like Liliana. Building coalitions between religious and ethnic groups that had rarely worked together in the past, activists revived and adapted ”sanctuary,” the tradition of providing shelter for fugitives in houses of worship. Through sanctuary, they called on Americans to support legislation that would keep immigrant families together. But they sought more than political change: they also pursued religious transformation, challenging the religious nationalism in America’s faith communities by portraying undocumented immigrants as fellow children of God.

Yukich shows progressive religious activists struggling with the competing goals of newly diverse coalitions, fighting to expand the meaning of ”family values” in a globalizing nation. Through these struggles, the activists both challenged the public dominance of the religious right and created conflicts that could doom their chances of impacting immigration reform.

New Book: Religion in the Context of Globalization

New Book: Religion in the Context of Globalization

Religion in the Context of Globalization Essays on Concept, Form, and Political Implication By Peter Beyer


Routledge – 2013 – 232 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

Peter Beyer has been a central figure in the debate about religion and globalization for many years, this volume is a collection of essays on the relation between religion and globalization with special emphasis on the concept of religion, its modern forms and on the relation of religion to the state.

Featuring a newly written introduction and conclusion which frame the volume and offer the reader guidance on how the arguments fit together, this book brings together ten previously published pieces which focus on the institutional forms and concept of religion in the context of globalizing and modern society. The guiding theme that they all share is the idea that religion and globalization are historically, conceptually, and institutionally related. What has come to constitute religion and what social roles religion plays are not manifestations of a timeless essence, called religion, or even a requirement of human societies. In concept and institutional form, religion is an expression of the historical process of globalization, above all during modern centuries.
What religion has become is one of the outcomes of the successive transformations and developments that have brought about contemporary global society.

Including some of the most important theoretical work in the field of religion and globalization, this collection provokes the reader to consider paths for future research in the area, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of religion and politics, globalization and religion and sociology.



Part 1: Observing Religion in the Contemporary Global Context

1. Purity as Hybridization: Religio-Cultural Syncretisms in the Context of Globalization 2. Globalization and Glocalization 3. Conceptions of Religion: On Distinguishing Scientific, Theological, and ‘Official’ Meanings

Part 2: The Formation of Religion and Religions in Global Society

4. Social Forms of Religion and Religions in Contemporary Global Society 5. What Counts as Religion in Global Society? From Practice to Theory 6. The City and Beyond as Dialogue: Negotiating Religious Authenticity in Global Society 7. Can the Tail Wag the Dog? Diaspora Reconstructions of Religion in a Globalized Society Part 3: Religion and the Political Domain 8. Defining Religion in Cross-National Perspective: Identity and Difference in Official Conceptions 9. Constitutional Privilege and Constituting Pluralism: Religious Freedom in National, Global, and Legal Context 10. Religion out of place? The Globalization of Fundamentalism

Peter Beyer is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

New Book: From Religious Empires to Secular States

New Book: From Religious Empires to Secular States

From Religious Empires to Secular States
State Secularization in Turkey, Iran, and Russia

By Birol Baskan


Routledge 2014

In the 1920s and the 1930s, Turkey, Iran and Russia vehemently pursued
state-secularizing reforms, but adopted different strategies in doing
so. But why do states follow different secularizing strategies? The
literature has already shattered the illusion that secularization of the
state has been a unilinear, homogeneous and universal process, and has
convincingly shown that secularization of the state has unfolded along
different paths. Much, however, remains to be uncovered.

This book provides an in-depth comparative historical analysis of state
secularization in three major Eurasian countries: Turkey, Iran and
Russia. To capture the aforementioned variation in state secularization
across three countries that have been hitherto analyzed as separate
studies, Birol Baskan adopts three modes of state secularization:
accommodationism, separationism and eradicationism. Focusing
thematically on the changing relations between the state and religious
institutions, Baskan brings together a host of factors, historical,
strategic and structural, to account for why Turkey adopted
accommodationism, Iran separationism and Russia eradicationism. In doing
so, he expertly demonstrates that each secularization strategy was a
rational response to the strategic context the reformers found
themselves in.


1. Introduction: The Secular State and Its Three Types.

2. Mobilizing Sheikhs and Ulama: Religion and the Ottoman Empire.

3. Accommodationist State Secularization in Republican Turkey.

4. Appeasing the Ulama: Religion and the State in Iran.

5. Separationist State Secularization in Pahlavi Iran.

6 Taming the Church: Religion and the Russian Empire.

7. Eradicationist State Secularization in Soviet Union.

8. Conclusion: The Fates of Three Models of Secular States.

Birol Baskan is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown
University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He holds a PhD in
political science from Northwestern University. His research looks at
state-regime-religion relations in the Middle East.

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