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When politics are sacralized, comparative perspectives on religious claims and nationalism, edited by Nadim N. Rouhana, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Over the years, there have been increasing intersections between religious claims and nationalism and their power to frame and govern world politics. When Politics Are Sacralized interdisciplinarily and comparatively examines the fusion between religious claims and nationalism and studies its political manifestations. State and world politics, when determined or framed by nationalism fused with religious claims, can provoke protracted conflict, infuse explicit religious beliefs into politics, and legitimize violence against racialized groups. This volume investigates how, through hegemonic nationalism, states invoke religious claims in domestic and international politics, sacralizing the political. Studying Israel, India, the Palestinian National Movement and Hamas, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iran, and Northern Ireland, the thirteen chapters engage with the visibility, performativity, role, and political legitimation of religion and nationalism. The authors analyze how and why sacralization affects political behaviors apparent in national and international politics, produces state-sponsored violence, and shapes conflict
Table Of Contents
Introduction; 1. A comparative perspective on religious claims and sacralized politics: an introduction Nadim N. Rouhana and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian; 2. Religion and Zionism in the Jewish and nationalist context Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin; 3. Religious claims and nationalism in Zionism: obscuring settler colonialism Nadim N. Rouhana; 4. On the uses and abuses of tradition: Zionist theopolitics and Jewish tradition Yaacov Yadgar; 5. The relations between the nationalization of Israel's politics and the religionization of its military, 1948–2016 Yagil Levy; 6. Sacralized politics: the case of occupied East Jerusalem Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian; 7. Hindutva: the dominant face of Religious nationalism in India Tanika Sarkar; 8. The genesis, consolidation, and consequences of Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism Neil DeVotta; 9. Serbian Jerusalem: inventing a holy land in Europe's periphery, 1982–2019 Vjekoslav Perica; 10. The crossing paths of Religion and nationalism in contemporary Iran Ali Banuazizi; 11. Saudi nationalism, Wahhabi Daʿwā, and Western power Michael Sells; 12. Protestantism and settler identity: the ambiguous case of Northern Ireland David Lloyd; 13. Does religion still matter? Comparative lessons from the Ethno-national conflict in Northern Ireland Liam O'Dowd; 14. Palestinian nationalism, religious (un)claims, and the struggle against Zionism Khaled Hroub
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xviii, 396 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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