Security, Religion, and the Rule of Law : International Perspectives, Paperback / softback Book

Security, Religion, and the Rule of Law : International Perspectives Paperback / softback

Edited by Tania (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy) Pagotto, Joshua M. (Deakin University, Australia) Roose, G. P. Marcar

Part of the Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics series

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Security, Religion, and the Rule of Law argues that true, substantive, and sustainable national security is only possible through respect for the rule of law, human rights, and religious freedom. Despite the emphasis on national security and the war on terror that has preoccupied governments for over two decades, nations – and the world – seem to be more divided than ever, with a concomitant impact of increasing the risk of terrorism and religious and political violence.

The national security paradigm, previously reserved primarily for foreign threats, has been turned increasingly inwards, focusing on a state’s own citizens as potential threats.

This is often along religious lines, threatening fundamental human freedoms.

This book provides a series of critical engagements on some of the most pressing issues at the interface of religion and security today, including proposing a deeper engagement with theology when dealing with freedom of religious belief, exploring a better understanding between domestic peace and international relations, abiding by the rule of law while countering terrorism, and developing a broader understanding of identities and of the nature of citizenship.

It provides the resources to further reflect upon and address these topics, as well as stimulate further discussions on religion and security matters across a range of different disciplines.

Wide-ranging case studies consider Australia, China, Europe, the Kurdish people, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, the United Nations, and the United States. This book will appeal to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including international relations, law, philosophy, political science, religious studies, security studies, and theology.

It will also appeal to human rights lawyers, judges, NGO researchers, governmental agency specialists, and policy makers. Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.


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