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How is religion changing in the twenty-first century? In the global era, religion has leapt onto the world stage, often in contradictory ways. Some religious activists are antagonistic and engage in protests, violent acts, and political challenges. Others are positive and help to shape an emerging transnational civil society. In addition, a new global religion may be in the making, providing a moral and spiritual basis for a worldwide community of concern about environmental issues, human rights, and international peace. God in the Tumult of the Global Square explores all of these directions, based on a five-year Luce Foundation project that involved religious leaders, scholars, and public figures in workshops held in Cairo, Moscow, Delhi, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and Santa Barbara. In this book, the voices of these religious observers around the world express both the hopes and fears about new forms of religion in the global age.
Introduction: Thinking about Religion in the Global Age
1 • The Social Turmoil of the Twenty-First Century: Crises of Identity, Accountability, and Security
2 • Religion Tumbles and Turns: How Religion Has Been Affected by Global Forces
3 • Religion Resists and Soothes: Religious Responses to Globalization
4 • Cosmopolitan Religion at Work: How Religious Values Support Global Citizenship
5 • The Annoying Certainty of Global Views: The Dangers of Cultural Imperialism
Conclusion: God in the Global Square
List of Workshop Participants
Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Global Studies and Founding Director and Fellow of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dinah Griego is Project Coordinator of the Luce Project on the Role of Religion in Global Civil Society at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
John Soboslai is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"God in the Tumult of the Global Square brims with insights on every other page. It shows how global civil society grounded in shareable religious culture is feasible, combining voices from across the globe. It brilliantly maps the cultural lives of religion across the world with lucidity."—Nagothu Naresh Kumar LSE Review of Books
“A remarkable study of the new forms of religion and conflict around the world, God in the Tumult of the Global Square
presents the state of religion and social upheaval in our modern era—from Russia to Egypt, India to Argentina. The scope of this groundbreaking scholarship is truly impressive. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand religion and globalization in our time.”—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot
and No god but God
“This work is at the cutting edge of scholarship on religion and global civil society, clearly drawing on years—even decades—of immersion in the key debates. It is masterfully written: confident, clear, concise, thoughtful, and thought provoking.”—Jeffrey Haynes, Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation at London Metropolitan University