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- Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State (Configurations: Critical Studies of World Politics)
Robert M. Bosco --
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Western nations have increasingly recognized religion as a consideration in domestic and foreign policy. In this empirical comparison of the securitization of Islam in Britain, France, and the United States, Robert M. Bosco argues that religion is a category of phenomena defined by the discourses and politics of both religious and state elites.Despite significant theoretical distinctions between securitization on the domestic and the international levels, he finds that the outcome of addressing religion within the context of security hinges upon partnerships. Whereas states may harness the power of international allies, they cannot often find analogous domestic allies; therefore, states that attempt to securitize religion at home are more vulnerable to counterattack and more likely to abandon their efforts. This book makes a significant contribution to the fields of political theory, international relations, Islamic studies, and security/military studies.
“Securing the Sacred provides a superb analysis of the post-9/11 interface between religion, national security, and scholarship in Western foreign policy discourse. This is a must read for students and scholars in security studies and the sociology of public policy.” —Peter Mandaville, George Mason University
“Though Islam entered mainstream foreign policy discourse over a decade ago, how it is understood in Britain, France, and the United States as a security issue is little understood. This book provides a concise and theoretically compelling account for how these different countries have approached religion as a security issue, demonstrating that discourse and domestic politics may be as critical to national security as power and foreign relations.” —Monica Duffy Toft, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University -