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Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective [Paperback]

James K. Wellman , Clark Lombardi

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Aug. 15 2012
This volume of essays explores the long-unstudied relationship between religion and human security throughout the world. The 1950s marked the beginning of a period of extraordinary religious revival, during which religious political-parties and non-governmental organizations gained power around the globe. Until now, there has been little systematic study of the impact that this phenomenon has had on human welfare, except of a relationship between religious revival to violence. The authors of these essays show that religion can have positive as well as negative effects on human wellbeing. They address a number of crucial questions about the relationship between religion and human security: Under what circumstances do religiously motivated actors tend to advance human welfare, and under what circumstances do they tend to threaten it? Are members of some religious groups more likely to engage in welfare-enhancing behavior than in others? Do certain state policies tend to promote security-enhancing behavior among religious groups while other policies tend to promote security-threatening ones? In cases where religious actors are harming the welfare of a population, what responses could eliminate that threat without replacing it with another? Religion and Human Security shows that many states tend to underestimate the power of religious organizations as purveyors of human security. Governments overlook both the importance of human security to their populations and the religious groups who could act as allies in securing the welfare of their people. This volume offers a rich variety of theoretical perspectives on the nuanced relationship between religion and human security. Through case studies ranging from Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan, to the United States, Northern Ireland, and Zimbabwe, it provides important suggestions to policy makers of how to begin factoring the influence of religion into their evaluation of a population's human security and into programs designed to improve human security around the globe.

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"What a treat...to read Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspective, swimming
upstream to offer a substantial theoretical account of human security and religion as well as in-depth, practical case studies on their at-times rival accounts in specific cultural and political settings. The value of this kind of careful work should not be understated when almost any passable thinking on religion and security is now grant-worthy...An outstanding
contribution to the field." --Journal of Markets & Morality


"A more balanced view of the important and multidimensional roles religion plays in local and international politics." --H-Net Reviews


"Religion and Human Security links two critical factors in international affairs-religion and human security-in important and novel ways, providing insight for both scholars and policymakers on how religion impacts human security. This collection of essays should be required reading for government officials who are increasingly confronted with the challenges of safeguarding human security around the world."
--Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


"This thoughtful book explores the multifaceted role of religion in the human security of contemporary global societies. Through arresting case studies and riveting theoretical reflections, it shows that the religious dimension of social welfare around the world is complex and interrelated. These well-honed essays reveal that while religious ideas and actors can cause much harm, they can also bring moments of healing and hope. It is a book that will be widely discussed in the fields of religion and society, public policy and global affairs."
--Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State


About the Author

James K. Wellman Jr is an Associate Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington and the author of Evangelical vs Liberal, (OUP 2008).Clark Lombardi is Associate Professor, School of Law at the University of Washington.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Study" July 31 2012
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A brilliant study of the role that religious organizations enhance human security. Offers a truly global perspective by young scholars from every region.

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