Religion Confronts Westphalian International Relations Theory

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dc.contributor.advisor Suganami, Hidemi
dc.contributor.advisor Göl, Ayla
dc.contributor.author Gelot, Ludwig
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-08T15:18:51Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-08T15:18:51Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/405
dc.description.abstract The global resurgence of religion confronts Westphalian International Relations (IR) with a fundamental challenge. Effectively, the rise of religious fundamentalism resurrects the important debate over the role religion should play in world politics, a debate long forgotten since the Treaty of Westphalia. Consequently, the epistemological and ontological controversies of the Protestant Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment are revived, leading to a thorough questioning of the secular, materialist and positivist assumptions at the heart of the field of IR (Part 1). Besides, fundamentalism represents a theoretical challenge. Effectively, its transnational and religious dimensions being hardly reconcilable with any one paradigm of the field of IR, it is essential to develop new interpretive categories and analytical frameworks for the incorporation of the phenomenon into the field. As such, an attempt is made at developing such a framework through a critique of Samuel Huntington's the Clash of Civilizations (Part 2). Finally, the difficulties of mainstream IR in dealing with the revival of religious fundamentalism are further illustrated through a study of the impact of its Westphalian, secular, materialist, and positivist assumptions on our understanding of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism (Part 3). While the transnational and theological dimensions of fundamentalist terrorism can be accounted for by the framework developed in Part 2, the essentially intuitive nature of its religious dimension poses greater difficulties since reliant on an alternative source of knowledge and authority. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Wales Aberystwyth en
dc.title Religion Confronts Westphalian International Relations Theory en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department International Politics en
dc.type.qualificationlevel taught masters en
dc.type.qualificationname MSc Econ en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation


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