Subject Area: Politics & Religion

Anthropological Analysis of Local Politics and Patronage in a Pakistani Village
2004 0-7734-6496-4
Asymmetrical power relationships are found throughout Pakistan’s Punjabi and Pukhtun communities. These relationships must be examined as manifestations of cultural continuity rather than as separate structures. The various cultures of Pakistan display certain common cultural features which suggest a re-examination of past analytical divisions of tribe and peasant societies. This book looks at the ways power is expressed, accumulated and maintained in three social contexts: kinship, caste, and political relationships. These are embedded within a collection of ‘hybridising’ cultures. Socialisation within kin groups provides the building blocks for Pakistani asymmetrical relationships, which may be understood as a form of patronage. As these social building blocks are transferred to non-kin contexts, the patron/client aspects are more easily identified and studied. State politics and religion are examined for the ways in which these patron/client roles are enacted on much larger scales but remain embedded within the cultural values underpinning those roles.

Contribution of Quaker Women to the Political Struggle for Abolition, Women's Rights, and Peace: From the Hicksite Schism to the American Friends Service Committee
2015 0-7734-0075-3
This book explores the role of Quaker women in social reform during the period from 1790-1920, particularly among the leading female reformers of the Northeast, focusing especially on the reforms of abolition, women’s rights and peace.

Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Religion in Politics: Case Studies in Domination, Accommodation, and Resistance in Africa and Europe
2010 0-7734-3754-1
This study employs Gramscian theory as an interpretive grid in examining the use of Christianity by European colonizers to facilitate their oppression of Africans on the continent and in diaspora. The work clarifies how the western powers utilized their religion in North America, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya to justify their exploitation of Blacks and how many Africans, as Christian converts, assisted them to accomplish their imperialist goals. In addition, this research explains how other Blacks, in these same locations, interpreted their own religious tradition or revised western Christianity to form liberatory ideologies that legitimated their struggle for freedom and inspired their communities to oppose subordination.

How Two Political Entrepreneurs Helped Create the American Conservative Movement, 1973-1981: The Ideas of Richard Viguerie and Paul Weyrich
2009 0-7734-3860-2
This study examines the contribution of New Right leaders Richard Viguerie and Paul Weyrich to the mobilization of the American conservative movement. Based on archival material not previously examined, this study fills a gap in our understanding of the nuts and bolts of campaign organization and fundraising

Influence of the French Revolution on the Lives and Thought of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Immanuel Kant, and Pius VI. The End of Conservatism
2012 0-7734-2645-0
Langan discusses the French Revolution from a variety of perspectives given by influential thinkers of the late 18th century. His thesis is that conservatism was forever changed by the French Revolution, and that conservatism’s modern origins are in direct response to the revolution and its ideals as they were critically examined by Edmund Burke. As Langan argues, conservatives tend to adopt intellectual categories which if taken to their natural conclusions lead to liberal results.

Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Social Order Book 2
2000 0-7734-7594-X
These books are the first translation into English of Liberalismus, Socialismus und christliche Gesellschaftsordnung (Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Social Order) by the German Jesuit scholar Heinrich Pesch (1854-1926). These century-old works have much relevancy in view of the significant revival during the post-World War II era of the free market concept.

Religion, State, and Society in Modern Britain
1989 0-88946-832-X
Twenty essays comprising a unique work, the first survey of the state of religion in today's Britain which seeks to be fully comprehensive, focusing on Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as well as on England. Takes into account not only the mainstream Christian traditions but also the dynamic black-led churches, the folk-religionists, the minor sects, and the controversial New Religious Movements. Also recognizes the multi-faith dimension of modern Britain and includes chapters on the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist communities. Takes an overall perspective on issues of Church and State, the "troubles" of Northern Ireland, attitudes toward women, permissive society, and secularization.

Role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia Since 1990: Changing Dynamics of Politics and Religion
2009 0-7734-4703-2
This study examines the arguments and the role of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in Russian society as they appear in the mass media. It provides an overview of some of the main arguments that are currently being discussed. This is important within the current context and debate of the role that is played by Orthodoxy in contemporary Russian society. The importance of which is elevated during times of uncertainty with regards to the role and identity of Russia and Russians in the modern world.

State and Religion in the Sudan
2003 0-7734-6748-3
The issues analyzed in this book are top agenda in the Muslim world. This book shows with unprecedented sociological analysis the underlying agreements among several Sudanese thinkers, including the Islamic thinker Mahmoud Mohamed Taha, the socialist leader ‘Abd al-Khaliq Mahgoub, the liberal politician al-Sadiq al Mahdi, the women’s-rights activist Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, and the fundamentalist writer Hassan al-Turabi, in spite of irreconcilable differences in ideological commitments or political agenda. These explorations should make this work an indispensable volume of thought for politicians and policy makers, students of religion and government, and researchers of contemporary theory and applied sociology.

Two Religious Critiques of Liberal Democracy: A Comparison of the Political Theories of Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi and Franklin I. Gamwell
2015 1-4955-0305-4
To underscore the moral crisis that plagues liberal democracy, the author seeks answers by drawing from both Western and Asian thought in this outstanding analysis in political ethics. Starting with Gamwell’s theory, which is grounded on God and offers a common goal for political community and establishes a firm ground for morality and political ethics the author advances and reformulates Gamwell’s theory, using the insights and resources provided by Gandhi bringing a global dimension to this original critique.

William Penn on Religion and Ethics the Emergence of Liberal Quakerism
1991 0-88946-687-5
Shows in detail how Penn moved from an early Quaker prophetic or radical conception of the divine Light as challenge to every person, into a conception of moral truth as already known in part by everyone. A more complete study than had previously been possible of Penn's relation to the Socinian Unitarians, to the Cambridge Platonists and English humanists, and to some intense debates between Quakers and Anglicans and Baptists in which Penn took a vigorous part.