Religion and Politics in Comparative perspective
We believe that in an increasingly complex and interdependent world, a comprehensive understanding of the role of religion in national and international politics – one that can incorporate the non-instrumental aspect of religious behavior, the malleability of religious ideas, as well as the variation in their appeal, persuasiveness, and political salience over time – are critical to a richer approach in grasping and explaining the elusive and shifting factor of faith and human belief.
That is why, the study of religion envisioned in this research takes into account the complex understanding of the relationship between Society-States and Religion. This approach demands that students conceptualize religions and their role in the world as interrelated and interdependent. By necessity, then, study of religion and its impact on politics is interdisciplinary, at the intersection of comparative and international politics but also anthropology and sociology of religion and religious studies, Promoting cutting-edge research on religion in different national contexts, while providing tools for foreign policy, this program is designed to enable students to better understand the role of religion in international affairs by building on solid knowledge of politics and culture in major regional and local areas.
We will consider students from religious studies broadly defined, and comparative politics and international relations..
There are a limited number of funding opportunities with the College of Arts and Law, however, competition for these scholarships is fierce and only those with the highest credentials are likely to be successful. For more information: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/index.aspx
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FTE Category A staff submitted: 9.00
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