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Nationalism and Religion
Nationalism and religion
Introduction

In an increasingly secular world, the continuing impact of religious values is often overlooked. This may be attributable to the fact that in many societies the religious presence is so commonplace that it is not even noticed, except, perhaps, by the outsider. It may be strikingly public, as when the muzim calls Muslims to prayer from the public address system of the mosque five times a day, or the bells of the Catholic church toll at midday and at 6 pm to remind the faithful to say the Angelus, a prayer commemorating the incarnation of Jesus. It may take the form of religious ceremonies with a social dimension, as in the case of baptisms, weddings, funerals and other rites of ...

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