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Religion and Public Diplomacy

  • Philip Seib

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Philip Seib
    Pages 1-7
  3. Brie Loskota, Richard Flory
    Pages 9-25
  4. Juyan Zhang
    Pages 75-97
  5. Najeeba Syeed-Miller
    Pages 99-111
  6. Mohammed El-Nawawy
    Pages 113-131
  7. Johannes Matyassy, Seraina Flury
    Pages 133-155
  8. Liora Danan
    Pages 181-213
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-224

About this book


Mixing religion and public diplomacy can produce volatile results, but in a world in which the dissemination and influence of religious beliefs are enhanced by new communications technologies, religion is a factor in many foreign policy issues and must be addressed. Faith is such a powerful part of so many people's lives that it should be incorporated in public diplomacy efforts if they are to have meaningful resonance among the publics they are trying to reach. This book addresses key issues of faith in an increasingly connected and religious world and provides a better understanding of the role religion plays in public diplomacy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Seib
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.USC’s Center on Public DiplomacyUSA

About the editors

Brie Loskota, University of Southern California, USA Richard Flory, University of Southern California, USA Daniel Hall, University of Southern California, USA Lan T. Chu, Occidental College, USA Juyan Zhang, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Claremont School of Theology, USA Mohammed El-Nawawy, Queens University of Charlotte, USA Johannes Matysaay, Switzerland's ambassador to the Republic of Argentina Seraina Flury, Official at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Diane Winston, University of Southern California, USA Liora Danan, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy Thomas Farr, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, USA

Bibliographic information


"This volume is a significant addition to a meager corpus: scholarly works on the importance of religion to public diplomacy. As Professor Seib notes, religion is - somewhat incredibly - still too often seen as tangential to the work of diplomacy. This group of essays will help change that dynamic." - Thomas F. Farr, Director, The Religious Freedom Project, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs