Language Religion and National Identity in Europe and the Middle East

Language  Religion and National Identity in Europe and the Middle East
Author: John Myhill
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2006-01-01
ISBN: 902722711X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Language Religion and National Identity in Europe and the Middle East Book Excerpt:

This book discusses the historical record of the idea that language is associated with national identity, demonstrating that different applications of this idea have consistently produced certain types of results. Nationalist movements aimed at 'unification', based upon languages which vary greatly at the spoken level, e.g. German, Italian, Pan-Turkish and Arabic, have been associated with aggression, fascism and genocide, while those based upon relatively homogeneous spoken languages, e.g. Czech, Norwegian and Ukrainian, have resulted in national liberation and international stability. It is also shown that religion can be more important to national identity than language, but only for religious groups which were understood in premodern times to be national rather than universal or doctrinal, e.g. Jews, Armenians, Maronites, Serbs, Dutch and English; this is demonstrated with discussions of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the civil war in Lebanon and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the United Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The changing dynamics of religion and national identity

The changing dynamics of religion and national identity
Author: Daphne Halikiopoulou
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 574
Release: 2007
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Greece
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The changing dynamics of religion and national identity Book Excerpt:

It is widely accepted among secularisation theorists (Wilson 1966,1982; Dobbelaere, 1981; Berger 1981; Bruce, 1999,2002) that the more modern a society becomes, the more likely it is to secularise - i.e. the social and political significance of religion will most likely diminish. At the opposite end of the theoretical debate, scholarly work seeking to explain the recent phenomenon of the re-affirmation of religious values argues that the consequence of modernisation is not secularisation but rather the resurgence of religion (Huntington, 1996; Kepel, 1994; Juergensmeyer, 1993, 2000). With religion gaining salience in some societies but losing ground in others, this ongoing debate appears more critical than ever. The cases of Ireland and Greece are pertinent examples: The Republic of Ireland is experiencing secularising tendencies and the legitimacy of the Church is being increasingly challenged, while in Greece the role of religion remains strong, if not strengthened in recent years, and the legitimacy of the Church is maintained. For secularisation theorists, failure to secularise is likely in instances where there is an explicit link between religion and nationalism-'Cultural defence' or the 'nationalist pattern' (Martin, 1978). But while both cases constitute instances of cultural defence, Ireland is now secularising. This is precisely the puzzle this thesis is concerned with: where traditionally religion, culture and politics are linked, under what circumstances does religion cease to play a politicised and mobilising role, and under what circumstances is this role retained or even strengthened? This thesis argues that the answer can be found precisely in the nature of the nationalist pattern. Rather than being a monolithic model, there are significant variations within the pattern itself: religious based national identities, like all national identities, are fluid, not static. The dynamics of national identity change are dependent on two interlinked variables:(a) the degree to which a Church obstructs modernisation, and (b) external threat perceptions. This thesis will attempt to illustrate the inter-relationship between the above dynamics through a thematic comparison between Greece and Ireland. This model may be used to explain not only what accounts for the variations between the Greek and Irish cases, but also more generally to identify the conditions under which religion may remain or cease to be politically active and legitimate in societies where secularisation has been inhibited given a strong identification of religion with the nation.

Religion and National Identity

Religion and National Identity
Author: Alistair Mutch
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-03-23
ISBN: 0748699163
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and National Identity Book Excerpt:

What is the enduring impact of Presbyterianism on what it means to be Scottish?Presbyterianism has shaped Scotland and its impact on the world. Behind its beliefs lie some distinctive practices of governance which endure even when belief fades. These practices place a particular emphasis on the detailed recording of decisions and what we can term a 'systemic' form of accountability.This book examines the emergence and consolidation of such practices in the 18th-century Church of Scotland. Using extensive archival research and detailed local case studies, it contrasts them to what is termed a 'personal' form of accountability in England in the same period. The wider impact of the systemic approach to governance and accountability, especially in the United States of America, is explored, as is the enduring impact on Scottish identity.This book offers a fresh perspective on the Presbyterian legacy in contemporary Scottish historiography, at the same time as informing current debates on national identity.Key Features:A novel focus on religion as social practice, as opposed to belief or organizationA strong focus on Scotland, but in the context of BritainExtensive archival work in the Church of Scotland records, with an emphasis on form as well as contentA different focus on the Church of Scotland in the eighteenth centuryOffers a detailed focus on local practice in the context of national debates

Revolution Religion and National Identity

Revolution  Religion  and National Identity
Author: Peter M. Doll
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780838638309
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Revolution Religion and National Identity Book Excerpt:

Starting from a discussion of the constitutional and theological basis of the establishment of the Church of England, Peter Doll relates how in response to the events of this period a colonial Anglican church establishment changed from a merely theoretical ideal to a cornerstone of post-Revolutionary colonial policy in British North America."--BOOK JACKET.

Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context

Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context
Author: Hiroshi Kubota,Klaus J. Antoni,Johann Nawrocki,Michael Wachutka
Publsiher: LIT Verlag Münster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2002
ISBN: 3825860434
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context Book Excerpt:

This book focuses upon the relationship between religion and socio-cultural or socio-political aspects in the history of religions in Japan. Religious and ideological justifications in the course of forming a political and national identity, and the mutual relation between political, national and cultural issues can be noticed in every region of the world before the onset of secularization processes, but also in modern nation-states today. In Japan as well, just like in most modern societies, political, cultural and religious elements are closely interrelated. In a comparative approach the sixteen papers in this volume elucidate the intellectual undercurrent in Japanese history of putting positive perspectives on national achievements and cultural-religious uniqueness into service of establishing and refurbishing a national identity.

Religion and National Identity

Religion and National Identity
Author: University of Adelaide. Religious History Society,Australian Historical Association
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2001
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Religion and National Identities in an Enlarged Europe

Religion and National Identities in an Enlarged Europe
Author: W. Spohn,M. Koenig,W. Knöbl
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 187
Release: 2015-06-09
ISBN: 0230390773
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and National Identities in an Enlarged Europe Book Excerpt:

This volume analyzes changing relationships between religion and national identity in the course of European integration. Examining elite discourse, media debates and public opinions across Europe over a decade, it explores how accelerated European integration and Eastern enlargement have affected religious markers of collective identity.

Religious Thinking and National Identity

Religious Thinking and National Identity
Author: Hans-Dieter Metzger
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2000
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Great Britain
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Language Religion and National Identity in Southern Thailand

Language  Religion and National Identity in Southern Thailand
Author: R. McVey
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 12
Release: 1974*
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Muslims
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Religion National Identity and Confessional Politics in Lebanon

Religion  National Identity  and Confessional Politics in Lebanon
Author: R. Rabil
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 213
Release: 2011-09-12
ISBN: 0230339255
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion National Identity and Confessional Politics in Lebanon Book Excerpt:

Against a background of weak and contested national identity and capricious interaction between religious affiliation and confessional politics, this book illustrates in detailed analysis this "comprehensive" project of Islamism according to its ideological and practical evolutionary change.

Durkheim and National Identity in Ireland

Durkheim and National Identity in Ireland
Author: J. Dingley
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2015-03-05
ISBN: 1137408421
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Durkheim and National Identity in Ireland Book Excerpt:

This book examines the development of opposed Nationalist and Unionists identities as products of different economies, symbolically represented in religious differences, that impelled conflicting cultures and ideals of best interest that were fundamentally incompatible within a single identity.

Sacred Place Chosen People

Sacred Place  Chosen People
Author: Dorian Llywelyn
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 210
Release: 1999
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Place Chosen People Book Excerpt:

An innovative, theological study of the sense of holy place?, and the links between nationality, nationalism and spirituality. Is nationalism, fundamentaly opposed to any ideas of equality, tolerance or international understanding, or can it be expressed in humanitarian and Christian forms?

National Identity Religion and Democracy in Poland Since 1989

National Identity  Religion and Democracy in Poland Since 1989
Author: Joanna Urszula Kaftan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: National characteristics, Polish
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Religion Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland

Religion  Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland
Author: Ms Claire Mitchell
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2013-05-28
ISBN: 1409476928
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland Book Excerpt:

Has conflict in Northern Ireland kept political dimensions of religion alive, and has religion played a role in fuelling conflict? Conflict in Northern Ireland is not and never will be a holy war. Yet religion is more socially and politically significant than many commentators presume. In fact, religion has remained a central feature of social identity and politics throughout conflict as well as recent change. There has been an acceleration of interest in the relationship between religion, identity and politics in modern societies. Building on this debate, Claire Mitchell presents a challenging analysis of religion in contemporary Northern Ireland, arguing that religion is not merely a marker of ethnicity and that it continues to provide many of the meanings of identity, community and politics. In light of the multifaceted nature of the conflict in Northern Ireland, Mitchell explains that, for Catholics, religion is primarily important in its social and institutional forms, whereas for many Protestants its theological and ideological dimensions are more pressing. Even those who no longer go to church tend to reproduce religious stereotypes of 'them and us'. Drawing on a range of unique interview material, this book traces how individuals and groups in Northern Ireland have absorbed religious types of cultural knowledge, belonging and morality, and how they reproduce these as they go about their daily lives. Despite recent religious and political changes, the author concludes that perceptions of religious difference help keep communities in Northern Ireland socially separate and often in conflict with one another.

Religion and National Identity

Religion and National Identity
Author: Donald Kerr
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 171
Release: 1995
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Religion Diaspora and Cultural Identity

Religion  Diaspora and Cultural Identity
Author: J.W. Pulis
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 436
Release: 2014-01-02
ISBN: 1134390629
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion Diaspora and Cultural Identity Book Excerpt:

Although the religions of the Caribbean have been a subject of popular media, there have been few ethnographic publications. This text is a much-needed and long overdue addition to Caribbean studies and the exploration of ideas, beliefs, and religious practices of Caribbean folk in diaspora and at home. Drawing upon ethnographic and historical research in a variety of contexts and settings, the contributors to this volume explore the relationship between religious and social life. Whether practiced at home or abroad, the contributors contend that the religions of Caribbean folk are dynamic and creative endeavors that have mediated the ongoing and open-ended relation between local and global, historical and contemporary change.

Is God Back

Is God Back
Author: Titus Hjelm
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2015-07-02
ISBN: 1472528409
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is God Back Book Excerpt:

Is God Back? Reconsidering the New Visibility of Religion examines the shifting boundary between religion and the public sphere in Europe and the Middle East. Asking what the 'new visibility of religion' means and challenging simplistic notions of living in a 'post-secular' age, the chapters explore how religion is contested and renegotiated in the public sphere – or rather, in different publics – and the effects of these struggles on society, state and religion itself. Whereas religion arguably never went away in the USA, the re-emergence of public religion is a European phenomenon. Is God Back? provides timely case studies from Europe, as well as extending to the Middle East, where fledgling democracies are struggling to create models of governance that stem from the European secular model, but which need to be able to accommodate a much more public form of religiosity. Discussions include the new visibility of neo-Pagan and Native Faith groups in Europe, Evangelical Christians and Church teaching on sexuality in the UK, and Islamic social Movements in the Arab world. Drawing from empirical and theoretical research on religion and national identity, religion and media, church-state relationships, and religion and welfare, Is God Back? is a rich source for students and scholars interested in the changing face of public religion in the modern world, including those studying the sociology of religion, social policy, and theology.

Religious Identity and Social Change

Religious Identity and Social Change
Author: David Radford
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2015-06-19
ISBN: 1317691717
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Identity and Social Change Book Excerpt:

Religious Identity and Social Change offers a macro and micro analysis of the dynamics of rapid social and religious change occurring within the Muslim world. Drawing on rich ethnographic and quantitative research in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, David Radford provides theoretical insight into the nature of religious and social change and ethnic identity transformation exploring significant questions concerning why people convert and what happens when they do so. A crisis of identity occurs when religious conversion takes place, especially from one major religious tradition (Islam) to another (Christianity); and where religious identity is intimately connected to ethnic and national identity. Radford argues for the importance of recognising the socially constructed nature of identity involving the dynamic interplay between human agency, culture and social networks. Kyrgyz Christians have been active agents in bringing religious and identity transformation building upon the contextual parameters in which they are situated.

The Culture of National Identities

The Culture of National Identities
Author: Lynette Patrice Spillman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 694
Release: 1991
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Alevism As an Ethno religious Identity

Alevism As an Ethno religious Identity
Author: Celia Jenkins,Suavi Aydin,Umit Cetin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 130
Release: 2020-05
ISBN: 9780367519100
Category: Alevis
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Alevism As an Ethno religious Identity Book Excerpt:

This book investigates the ethnic and religious identity of the relatively invisible Alevi community in Turkey and contributes to an understanding of the current tensions in Turkey and the Middle East. Specialists in Alevi Studies analyse different aspects of Alevi identity including religion, politics, culture and media, education and national identity. This book was originally published as a special issue of the National Identities journal.