It was stated at the outset this book seeks to examine the way the global resurgence of religion is challenging our understanding of how culture and religion influence international relations. At the heart of this challenge, at least for those of us in the West, is the way it challengs our understanding of what it means to be modern, opening up the possibility of multiple ways of being modern. We have to understand that the sacred, and considerations of religion and spirituality are an inherent part of a postmodern world.


International Relation Religious Tradition Religious Actor Suicide Bomber Religious Pluralism 
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    Charles O. Lerche and Abdul A. Said, Concepts of International Politics (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1970), 15–16.Google Scholar

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