Religion in the syntax of political power: A post-secular perspective on international relations


As with other disciplines of the social sciences, the study of international relations has taken a ‘post-secular turn’ in recent years which has led to a renewed focus on the political agency of religion. The paper assesses the impact of this development on an understanding of world politics. It is suggested that post-secularism challenges both secularists and religionists alike to differentiate the relative effects of the actors, interest and traditions of faith to produce a new understanding of how religion is read in the construction of international affairs. An extended analogy of grammar is employed to illustrate the central argument presented.


international relations, political agency of religion


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