In his exploration of the interaction between religion and worldwide social and cultural change, the author examines the major theories of global change and discusses the ways in which such change impinges on contemporary religious practice, meaning and influence. Beyer explores some of the key issues in understanding the shape of religion today, including religion as culture and as social system, pure and applied religion, privatized and publicly influential religion, and liberal versus conservative religions. He goes on to apply these issues to five contemporary illustrative cases: the American Christian Right; Liberation Theology movements in Latin America; the Islamic Revolution in Iran; Zionists in Israel; and religiou

Introduction: Religion in Global Society

Introduction: Religion in global society

The Global Metropolis

There are things that seem not to belong together, except that it is part of the metropolitan experience that such things do not belong together and do live side by side – that you can live upstairs from Khomeini…

I have had the sense of having frequently to reconstruct my life. So that thing about shifting yourself and wondering if there's anything left of theoriginal person or not is something that's very internal to me. It gives me the sense of character as being mutable…(Salman Rushdie, quoted in Appignanesi and Maitland, 1990:8)

On 14 February, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued an edict condemning to death Salman Rushdie for his book, The Satanic Verses. Almost immediately, the ...

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