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World Survey of Religion and the State (Jonathan Fox) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521881319
World Survey of Religion and the State (Jonathan Fox) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521881319
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Title: A World Survey of Religion and the State

Author: Fox, Jonathan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521881319

Volumes: 1; Pages: 400

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This book delves into the extent of government involvement in religion (GIR) between 1990 and 2002 using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. The study is based on the Religion and State dataset (RAS), which includes 175 governments across the globe, all of which are addressed individually in this book. The forms of GIR examined in this study include whether the government has an official religion, whether some religions are given preferential treatment, religious discrimination against minority religion, government regulation of the majority religion, and religious legislation. The study shows that GIR is ubiquitous, that GIR increased significantly during this period, and that only a minority of states, including a minority of democracies, have separation of religion and state. These findings contradict the predictions of religion's reduced public significance found in modernization and secularization theory. The findings also demonstrate that state religious monopolies are linked to reduced religious participation.Contents1. Introduction2. The question of religion's role in politics and society: modernization, secularization, and beyond?3. Quantifying religion4. Global GIR from 1990 to 20025. Western democracies6. The former Soviet bloc7. Asia8. The Middle East and North Africa9. Sub-Saharan Africa10. Latin America11. Patterns and trends12. Conclusions
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