The politicization of religion: political Catholicism and political Islam in comparative perspective

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Altınordu, Ateş (2010) The politicization of religion: political Catholicism and political Islam in comparative perspective. Politics and Society, 38 (4). pp. 517-551. ISSN 0032-3292

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While religious politics have been a widely discussed topic in the social sciences in recent decades, few studies develop general explanations based on systematic and detailed comparative analysis. This article seeks to explain when and how successful religious parties rise. To that end, I comparatively analyze the politicization of German Catholicism in the second half of the nineteenth century (1848–1878) and Turkish Islam in the post-1970 period (1970–2002) and briefly examine the negative case of nineteenth-century German Protestantism. According to the theory of revival-reaction-politicization I propose, successful religious parties rise when major religious revivals confront social counter-mobilization and state repression, provided that existing political parties do not effectively represent religious defense. The study's findings challenge the pervasive tendency to treat Christian and Islamic politics as incommensurable.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:religious parties, religion and politics, Catholicism, Islam
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
ID Code:15315
Deposited By:Ateş Altınordu
Deposited On:25 Nov 2010 16:52
Last Modified:29 Jul 2019 11:37

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