Secular War : Myths of Religion, Politics and Violence Hardback
How have long-standing and unconscious secular assumptions about religion shaped the post-9/11 climate and its wars?
Stacey Gutkowski explores this little-examined, yet crucial, element of British perceptions of and policy towards Jihadism over the last decade, to draw critical conclusions about the relationship between war and the secular.
She points to a surprisingly coherent body of secular beliefs that have fuelled policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism, and that have had mixed results - responsible for both positive strategies and tragic errors.
The theory Gutkowski develops on the impact of this secular approach to warfare holds a broader global significance, and cannot be viewed as just a British phenomenon.
This book addresses ongoing and critical debates, such as the 'overreach' of Western liberal interventionism in the Middle East, and speaks to policy-makers, security analysts and students of IR, Foreign Policy and Security Studies.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 376 pages
- Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- Publication Date: 27/11/2013
- Category: Religious groups: social & cultural aspects
- ISBN: 9781780765358