Towards a Postsecular International Politics New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-20
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This volume explores the postsecular as a momentous transformation of the international system which affects existing forms of political community, identity, and power. It encompasses a set of theoretical investigations of the postsecular, an analysis of four case studies (Europe, Russia, the United States, and Egypt), and an examination of the role and strategies of transnational actors in a postsecular world. Written by world-renowned and emerging leading scholars, these essays offer a lively engagement with the formidable challenges of the postsecular transformation of international politics.

Author Biography

Luca Mavelli is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK. His research focuses on questions of secularity, postsecularity, security and political violence in international relations. He is the author of Europe's Encounter with Islam: The Secular and the Postsecular (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of The Postsecular in International Relations, the 2012 Special Issue of the Review of International Studies. His articles have appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, the Review of International Studies, Millennium, International Politics, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and the Journal of Religion in Europe.

Fabio Petito is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK. He has previously taught at SOAS in London, the ESCP-EAP in Paris and at 'L'Orientale' University in Naples. He received his PhD from the department of International Relations at the LSE. Among his publications are: Religion in International Relations: The Return from Exile (2003, Italian translation 2006, Chinese translation 2009) and Civilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions and Civilizations in International Relations (2009). Currently, he is working on a monograph entitled Dialogue of Civilizations in International Relations.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1. Towards a Postsecular International Politics: An Introduction; Luca Mavelli and Fabio Petito
2. Achieving Political Legitimacy in the 21st Century: Secular and Postsecular Imperatives; Richard Falk
3. Trauma and Dislocation in the Postsecular World: Religious Fervour and the Problem of Methodology; Stephen Chan
4. A Post Secular Global Order: Metaphysical Not Political?; Nick Rengger
5. The Golden Rule on the Green Stick: Leo Tolstoy's International Thought for a 'Postsecular' Age; Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
6. Post-secularity and the Contending Visions of the European Political Imagination in International Relations; Scott Thomas and Anthony O'Mahony
7. The Clash of Post-Secular Orders in contemporary Russia; Richard Sakwa
8. The Politics of Postsecular Borders: Everyday Life and the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy; Stacey Gutkowski
9. Secularism, Postsecularism, and States of Exception in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and its Aftermath; Luca Mavelli
10. Faith-based Organisations at the European Union and United Nations: from Marginalisation to Significance; Jeffrey Haynes
11. Faith-based Organisations and Post-secularism in Contemporary International Relations; Erin Wilson
12. Postsecularism, Islam, and Religious Freedom: Cases from the European Court of Human Rights; Turan Kayaoglu

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