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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs$
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Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827978

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.001.0001

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Where Is the Religion?

Where Is the Religion?

Humanitarianism, Faith, and World Affairs

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(p.165) 10 } Where Is the Religion?
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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs
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Michael Barnett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.003.0011

This chapter uses humanitarianism's androgynous quality—its possession of both religious and secular attributes—to explore two issues regarding the contemporary world order. First, the distinction between the religious and the secular is more deceptive than informative. Second, contemporary Western religious tradition and humanitarianism are equally wary of the “political.” The shifting terrain between religion and secularism within humanitarianism, and the political and the religious in humanitarianism, points to a faith-based world order.

Keywords:   humanitarianism, religion, secularism, Western religious tradition, faith-based world order

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