Religion as a category of governance and sovereignty

Trevor Stack (Editor), Naomi R Goldenberg (Editor), Timothy Fitzgerald (Editor)

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Religious-secular distinctions have been crucial to the way in which modern governments have rationalised their governance and marked out their sovereignty – as crucial as the territorial boundaries that they have drawn around nations. The authors of this volume provide a multi-dimensional picture of how the category of religion has served the ends of modern government. They draw on perspectives from history, anthropology, moral philosophy, theology and religious studies, as well as empirical analysis of India, Japan, Mexico, the United States, Israel-Palestine, France and the United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages328
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-29059-4
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-29055-6
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2015

Publication series

NameSupplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
ISSN (Electronic)2214-3270


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