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World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital to American National Security

Thomas F. Farr


The global resurgence of public religion has major implications for America's vital interests abroad and its security at home. The 1979 Shiite revolution in Iran, the Catholic contribution to the “third wave” of democratization, the 9/11 attacks — all demonstrate just how important a force religion has become. And yet, despite being the most religious nation in the West, the United States has not adjusted well to religious actors in international affairs. Its policy makers and diplomats seem either ignorant or baffled about religious ideas, communities or movements. American security has suffe ... More

Keywords: religious freedom, religious actors, political theology, democratization, religious persecution, Islam, China, international order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179958.001.0001


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