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The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity (Hardback)
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The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 01/09/2007
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The volume will provide a coherent critical examination of current issues related to the religious roots of contemporary, i.e. post-1990 European identity, by analyzing the components of contemporary European identity, the presence of religion in the development of national identities, manifestation of religious roots in secular society, and the role of religion in further European integration and social inclusion. The publication will involve a multi and interdisciplinary approach to the theme, by bringing together scholars in history, religious studies, sociology, cultural studies, European studies, and international relations. The rigorously edited volume will provide a coherent analysis of the religious roots of Europe's identity today, with particular attention to the secular context of religious communities. Europe is often perceived as secular by most of its citizens, regardless of their creed. Bearing this in mind, the authors will build upon their expertise in different fields of arts and humanities to identify some of the key elements of European religious heritage and its manifestation in Europe's identity, be it secular or otherwise perceived. The authors will also indicate the role that these elements play in further European integration. With the focused approach, the publication will identify a number of similarities across faiths and, more holistically, vis-a-vis Europe. This will serve the readers to perceive their own identity in a wider context of shared values, reaching beyond a particular faith or non-religious framework.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826494825
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Many have spoken of the increased secularization of Europe. This excellent volume from an international conference in Cambridge offers a comprehensive overview of the current debate, placing it as well in a historical context. It takes up ongoing questions such as antisemitism but also more contemporary ones such as an intense discussion over the role of Islam. Perspectives come from all parts of Europe West, Central, East and from all the major European religious traditions. An indispensable addition to this vital debate."

John T Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D, Professor of Social Ethics, Director, Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, USA.--Sanford Lakoff


"At the start of this century, Europe - once so fragmented in its history - stands on the threshold of a new era of power and influence on the world stage. But unless we can understand the roots of Europe's potential unity, we cannot work to actualize it. This book delves deep, and challenges the prevailing view that religious identity, built up over centuries, can be overlooked, dismissed, or reduced in the quest for a new human future. The great constituents of European identity - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and secular values - are analyzed here with illuminating perspicuity. A book of such depth, richness and originality needs to be read more than once. We owe its editors an immense debt of gratitude."

Professor Julius Lipner, Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion, Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge.--Sanford Lakoff

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