Comparative Perspectives on Civil Religion, Nationalism, and Political Influence

Comparative Perspectives on Civil Religion, Nationalism, and Political Influence

Eyal Lewin (Ariel University, Israel), Etta Bick (Ariel University, Israel) and Dan Naor (Bar Ilan University/Ariel University, Israel)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: June, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 322
ISBN13: 9781522505167|ISBN10: 1522505164|EISBN13: 9781522505174|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0516-7


Throughout history, as well as in contemporary times, religion has had a significant impact on society and culture. Many times religious undertones are incorporated into political agendas or social movements in an effort to spur action from and engage the masses.

Comparative Perspectives on Civil Religion, Nationalism, and Political Influence investigates how belief systems, political behavior, and public action impact the general populace. Featuring theoretical concepts and empirical research across pertinent topic areas, this book is a pivotal reference source for students, scholars, and public figures interested in social behavior, religious studies, and politics.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication Patterns
  • Comparative Religion
  • Counter-Nationalism
  • Political Theories
  • Religious Considerations
  • Sign Language
  • Women’s Rights

Reviews and Testimonials

Editors Lewin, Bick, and Naor present readers with a collection of academic essays and scholarly articles covering the intersection of civil religion, politics, and nationalism. The ten selections that make up the main body of the text are devoted to the theocratic deception trap, civil religion and nationalism on a godly-civil continuum, anti-Semitism as a civil religion, the clash of civil religions in a post-revolutionary Egypt, and many other related subjects.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Eyal Lewin is Chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Ariel University. He is a research fellow at the Kinneret Center on Peace, Security and Society. He is also the director of the annual longitudinal survey of national resilience, conducted by the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa. Additionally, he serves as the secretary of the Association of Civil-Military Studies in Israel. Lewin is the author of academic papers and books focusing on general socio-political phenomena such as patriotism, national resilience, and national ethos.
Etta Bick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle East Studies and Political Science at Ariel University. She specializes in comparative politics, religion and politics and studies in citizenship. She has published widely on the role of American Jews in Israel-U.S. relations, Israel’s political parties, rabbis in Israeli politics and most recently a series of articles on national civilian service in Israel. She is currently writing a book on the politics behind the expansion of national civilian service in Israel.
Dan Naor is a researcher in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar Ilan University and Ariel University. His research interests include Lebanese history, politics and society, and the Lebanese-Syrian relations. He has published several articles in journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and Israel Affairs.