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A World Survey of Religion and the State by Jonathan Fox

By Jonathan Fox

This booklet delves into the level of presidency involvement in faith (GIR) among 1990 and 2002 utilizing either quantitative and qualitative method. The learn is predicated at the faith and nation dataset (RAS), consisting of one hundred seventy five governments around the globe, all of that are addressed separately during this publication. The sorts of GIR tested during this examine comprise even if the govt has an reliable faith, even if a few religions are given preferential therapy, non secular discrimination opposed to minority faith, executive legislation of the bulk faith, and spiritual laws. The research exhibits that GIR is ubiquitous, that GIR elevated considerably in this interval, and that just a minority of states, together with a minority of democracies, have separation of faith and nation. those findings contradict the predictions of religion's lowered public value present in modernization and secularization thought. The findings additionally display that country spiritual monopolies are associated with diminished non secular participation.

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Demerath (1995). Williams (1994: 788–9). Demerath (1995: 105). Norris & Inglehart (2004: 95–9). Voas, Olson, & Crockett (2002). Religion’s Role in Politics and Society 29 religiosity with the RAS variables and provides results consistent with the theory. The dependence of this theory on the Western experience becomes apparent when we examine a country such as Saudi Arabia. It is exclusively Muslim by law, the only exception being for visitors, diplomats, and some foreign workers. It also has the highest level of government support for religion of any country in the world with a religious market that is correspondingly less free than any other state.

Rubin (1994: 23). Juergensmeyer (1993). Religion’s Role in Politics and Society 23 produce sufficient economic development and truly democratic regimes. 28 These factors are also commonly used to explain the rise of political Islam. 29 Many similarly describe the rise of religious fundamentalism as a direct consequence of modernity. ’’30 In short, the goal of fundamentalism is to defend religion and religious identities against secularism. ’’31 In order to defend against modernity, fundamentalists try to create a separate social and political space with special behavior, language, music, body language, dress, and hairstyles to differentiate members from outsiders.

One reason is that they are simple to collect. This is not to accuse those who use this type of variable of laziness. Rather, more detailed variables require 17 18 See, for mediation, Leng & Regan (2002); and, for UN voting behavior, Ellingsen (2002). Fox (2004). 36 A World Survey of Religion and the State considerable resources to collect. This can include hundreds or thousands of research hours. In the case of survey-based studies this can be even more expensive because cross-national data entails separate surveys in multiple countries.

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