Introduction

Thomas Banchoff, Robert Wuthnow

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Abstract

This introductory chapter is divided into four parts. The first section explores two contrasting historical narratives of religion and human rights and their contemporary implications. A second section sketches the empirical chapters as they relate to three core questions: How are human rights understood in different traditions? How do religious communities mobilize around diverse human rights agendas? How do state institutions shape the religious politics of human rights in practice? A third section elaborates four main themes that cut across the individual chapters: the centrality of religious pluralism, diverse strategies of engagement, political constraints, and the framing effects of historical narrative. A concluding section reflects on the future impact of globalization and geopolitics on religion and the global politics of human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReligion and the Global Politics of Human Rights
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199894123
ISBN (Print)9780195343397
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

Keywords

  • Global politics
  • Human rights
  • Religion
  • Religious communities
  • Religious pluralism
  • State institutions

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