Global Rebellion

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Why has the turn of the twenty-first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion? From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq, a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world. Building on his groundbreaking book,The New Cold War?: Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State,Mark Juergensmeyer here provides an up-to-date road map through this complex new religious terrain. Basing his discussion on interviews with militant activists and case studies of rebellious movements, Juergensmeyer puts a human face on conflicts that have become increasingly abstract. He revises our notions of religious revolution and offers positive proposals for responding to religious activism in ways that will diminish the violence and lead to an accommodation between radical religion and the secular world.

Author Biography

Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Global Studies and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and President of the American Academy of Religion. He is author of Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution and Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, winner of the Grawemeyer Award. He is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Global Religions and coeditor of the Encyclopedia of Global Religion.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Rise of Religious Rebellionp. 1
The Religious Challenge to the Secular Statep. 9
The Loss of Faith in Secular Nationalismp. 10
The Competition between Two Ideologiesp. 17
The Mutual Rejection of Religion and Secularismp. 26
The Front Line of Religious Rebellion: The Middle Eastp. 39
Egypt's Origins of Muslim Rebellionp. 41
Iran's Paradigmatic Revolutionp. 46
Israel's Militant Zionismp. 54
Hamas: The Islamic Intifadap. 54
Insurgents in Iraqp. 73
Other Movements in the Middle East and Africap. 77
Lebanon, Syria, and Jordanp. 78
Gulf Statesp. 79
North Africap. 80
Sub-Sabaran Africap. 82
Political Targets of Rebellion: South, Central, and Southeast Asiap. 84
Resurgent Islam in South and Central Asiap. 85
Afghanistanp. 85
Pakistanp. 88
Kashmirp. 90
Bangladeshp. 92
Central Asiap. 94
Hindu Nationalismp. 103
Sikhism's Suppressed Warp. 115
Buddhist Revolts in Asiap. 125
Sri Lankap. 125
Mongoliap. 135
Tibetp. 144
Religious Activists in Southeast Asiap. 145
Indonesiap. 146
Philippinesp. 148
Post-Cold War Rebels: Europe, East Asia, and the United Statesp. 151
The Religious Rejection of Socialist Statesp. 152
Russiap. 152
Eastern Europe and the Balkan Statesp. 156
China, Vietnam, and North Koreap. 163
Latin Americap. 165
Christian and Secular Xenophobia in Europep. 167
A Peaceful Resolution in Northern Irelandp. 176
Imagined Armageddon in Japanp. 178
The Militant Christian Right in the United Statesp. 182
Transnational Networks: Global Jihadp. 193
The Rise of Jihadi Ideologyp. 193
Emerging Networks in the Afghan-Soviet Warp. 197
Global jihad after September II, 2001p. 205
The Enduring Problems of Violence, Democracy, and Human Rightsp. 212
Why Religious Confrontations Are Violentp. 212
Empowering Marginal Peoplesp. 220
Does Religion Challenge Democracy?p. 223
Minority and Individual Human Rightsp. 231
Conclusion: Religious Rebellion and Global Warp. 244
What Does Religion Have To Do with It?p. 252
The Future of Religious Rebellionsp. 257
Notesp. 264
List of Interviewsp. 314
Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 357
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