World Religions and Democracy (inbunden)
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Johns Hopkins University Press
Diamond, Larry (ed.), Plattner, Marc F. (ed.), Costopoulos, Philip J. (ed.)
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Can religion be compatible with liberal democracy? World Religions and Democracy brings together insights from renowned scholars and world leaders in a provocative and timely discussion of religions' role in the success or failure of democracy. An essay by Alfred Stepan outlines the concept of "twin tolerations" and differentiation, and creates a template that can be applied to all of the religion-democracy relationships observed and analyzed throughout the volume. "Twin tolerations" means that there is a clear distinction and a mutual respect between political authorities and religious leaders and bodies. When true differentiation is accomplished, the religious sector enjoys freedom of activity and the ability to peacefully influence its members but does not wield direct political power. A country's ability to implement the principle of differentiation directly affects the successful development of democracy. Part two focuses on eastern religions-Confucianism, Hinduism, and Buddhism-and includes contributions from Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The third part addresses democracy in relationship to Judaism and the three branches of Christianity-Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. Sociologist Peter Berger offers a global perspective of Christianity and democracy. The volume's final section discusses what is perhaps the most challenging example of the struggling relationship between religion and democracy today: Islam and the governments of the Muslim nations. Abdou Filali-Ansary, Bernard Lewis, and others present a comprehensive exploration of Muslim thought and faith in an increasingly secular, modern world. It is in this volatile political and religious climate that solutions are most urgently needed but also most elusive. Contributors: Alfred Stepan, Hahm Chaibong, Francis Fukuyama, Pratap Mehta, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Hillel Fradkin, Daniel Philpott, Tim Shah, Robert Woodberry, Elizabeth Prodromou, Peter Berger, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Bernard Lewis, Robin Wright, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Radwan A. Masmoudi, Laith Kubba, Ladan Boroumand, Roya Boroumand.
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Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is codirector, with Marc F. Plattner, of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. He is also coeditor, with Marc Plattner, of the Journal of Democracy and of other collections of essays available from Johns Hopkins, including The Global Resurgence of Democracy, Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies, and The Global Divergence of Democracies. Philip J. Costopoulos is executive editor of the Journal of Democracy.


Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: A Conceptual Framework Chapter 1. Religion, Democracy, and the "Twin Tolerations" Part II: Eastern Religions Chapter 2. The Ironies of Confucianism Chapter 3. Confucianism and Democracy Chapter 4. Hinduism and Self-Rule Chapter 5. Buddhism, Asian Values, and Democracy Chapter 6. Burma's Quest for Democracy Part III: Judaism and Christianity Chapter 7. Judaism and Political Life Chapter 8. The Catholic Wave Chapter 9. The Pioneering Protestants Chapter 10. The Ambivalent Orthodox Chapter 11. Christianity: The Global Picture Part IV: Islam Chapter 12. Muslims and Democracy Chapter 13. A Historical Overview Chapter 14. Two Visions of Reformation Chapter 15. The Challenge of Secularization Chapter 16. The Sources of Enlightened Muslim Thought Chapter 17. The Elusive Reformation Chapter 18. The Silent Majority Chapter 19. Faith and Modernity Chapter 20. Terror, Islam, and Democracy Epilogue: Does Democracy Need Religion Index