This exciting new textbook is the first to offer students a truly comprehensive AND engaging account of the vibrant topic of Nationalism.
Packed with a series of rich, illustrative examples, this book examines this powerful and remarkable political force by exploring: Definitions of Nationalism, including normative and descriptive approaches; The manifestation of Nationalism through language; The relationship between Religion and Nationalism; Discussions on the political uses of History as a social construct; The social roots of ideologies and the significance of class and gender; Different kinds of nationalist movements, ranging from dominant majorities to peripheral minorities; Explanations of nationalist mobilization, taking into account historical, socio-economic and sociological approaches; State responses to Nationalism; Territorial and non-territorial devolutions of power and the relationship between Nationalism and Federalism
Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State is an insightful read for both undergraduate and graduate students of politics and international relations.
Chapter 4: Nationalism and Religion
Nationalism and Religion
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 ...