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

The Islamic Revolution in Iran

The islamic revolution in Iran

The central aim of this study is to examine the possible roles of religion under conditions of globalization, and more specifically to assess the chances for public religious influence in this society. Without doubt, the creation and development of the Islamic Republic of Iran after 1979 stands as the most outstanding contemporary event in this regard. Here we have religious professionals taking over and transforming the political and legal structures of a sizeable country, directing its economy, and generally controlling such vital areas as artistic expression, news media, and education. The outlook of this institutionalized religio-political movement has been clearly conservative; its ideology, action, and aims directed against the global operation of modern instrumental systems. Its ...

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