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Here to Stay: The Role of Religion in Contemporary Politics

  • Maciej PotzEmail author
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Abstract

Despite gradual elimination of religion’s institutional and normative links with the modern Western state, the loss of its legitimating function and its withdrawal from many spheres of social life, religious organizations remain active in the public sphere. Their survival strategy consists of claiming unique philosophical and legal status for religion and, at the same time, relegitimating themselves by emulating the behaviour of other political actors in the pluralistic public arena (mimicry strategies). In addition, they use certain religion-specific strategies grounded in their supernatural claims and thus unavailable for secular actors. This chapter concludes with a multilevel analysis of the relationship between religion and political conflict, including phenomena such as religion-induced transformation of contemporary states, religious symbolic conflict and religious extremism.

Keywords

Extremism Religion’s survival strategies Religious conflict Secularization 

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  1. 1.Faculty of International and Political StudiesUniversity of ŁódźŁódźPoland

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