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Author Graziano, Manlio.
Title Holy Wars or Holy Alliances : the Return of Religion to the Global Political Stage / Manlio Graziano.
Imprint New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2017]

Author Graziano, Manlio.
Series Religion, Culture, and Public Life
Subject Religion and politics -- History -- 20th century.
Religion and politics -- History -- 21st century.
World politics -- 20th century.
World politics -- 21st century.
Description 1 online resource
Summary Religions are creeping back into the social, political, and economic spheres previously occupied by secular institutions and ideologies. Disillusioned with industrial progress and cut off from opportunity and wealth, many are looking to Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity to restore a sense of purpose not found in daily life. Since the 1970s, the Catholic Church has sought a "holy alliance" among the world's religions to recentralize religious ideas and practice in modern society. Holy Wars or Holy Alliances explores the nation-state's current crisis to better understand its origins and future development. Focusing on the Catholic Church, Manlio Graziano looks at how Catholicism has coordinated world religions in joint actions. Through its material, financial, and institutional strength, the Church has gained power and increased its profile in international politics. Challenging the ideas that modernity is tied to progress and religion necessarily means decline, Graziano documents the "return" or the "revenge" of God in all facets of secular life. He shows that tolerance, pluralism, democracy, and science have not triumphed as claimed in modern times. To fully grasp the destabilizing dynamics at work in our world today, Graziano argues, we must appreciate the nature of the religious struggles and political holy wars now unfolding across the international stage.
Note In English.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed Feb. 24, 2017).
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I. Modernity and Religion -- 1. The Death of God -- 2. The Return of God -- 3. God's Revenge -- Part II. The Resacralization of Politics in the 1970s -- 4. Religion and Power in the 1970s -- 5. The Islamization of the Iranian Revolution -- 6. The Geopolitical Reinvention of the Holy War -- 7. The Catholicization of Modernity -- Part III. The Holy War -- 8. The Clash of Civilizations -- 9. The Clash of Ignorance -- 10. The Bloody Borders of Religion -- 11. Terrorism -- Part IV. The Holy Alliance -- 12. Dialogue Among Civilizations -- 13. The Catholic Alliance -- 14. The Holy Alliance -- 15. All Roads Lead to Rome -- Conclusion: Religion and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN 9780231543910 (electronic bk.)
0231543913 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 984640601

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