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The Resource Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents, Ian Buruma

Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents, Ian Buruma

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Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents
Title
Taming the gods
Title remainder
religion and democracy on three continents
Statement of responsibility
Ian Buruma
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"For eight years the president of the United States was a born-again Christian, backed by well-organized evangelicals who often seemed intent on erasing the church-state divide. In Europe, the increasing number of radicalized Muslims is creating widespread fear that Islam is undermining Western-style liberal democracy. And even in polytheistic Asia, the development of democracy has been hindered in some countries, particularly China, by a long history in which religion was tightly linked to the state. Ian Buruma is the first writer to provide a sharpeyed look at the tensions between religion and politics on three continents. Drawing on many contemporary and historical examples, he argues that the violent passions inspired by religion must be tamed in order to make democracy work. Comparing the United States and Europe, Buruma asks why so many Americans - and so few Europeans - see religion as a help to democracy. Turning to China and Japan, he disputes the notion that only monotheistic religions pose problems for secular politics. Finally, he reconsiders the story of radical Islam in contemporary Europe, from the case of Salman Rushdie to the murder of Theo van Gogh. Sparing no one, Buruma exposes the follies of the current culture war between defenders of 'Western values' and 'multiculturalists, ' and explains that the creation of a democratic European Islam is not only possible, but necessary. Presenting a challenge to dogmatic believers and dogmatic secularists alike, Taming the Gods powerfully argues that religion and democracy can be compatible--but only if religious and secular authorities are kept firmly apart"--Provided by publisher
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Buruma, Ian
Dewey number
322/.109
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL65.S8
LC item number
B87 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religion and state
  • Democracy
  • United States
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • China
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Democracy
  • Religion
  • Religion and state
  • China
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • United States
Label
Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents, Ian Buruma
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Full tents and empty cathedrals -- Oriental wisdom -- Enlightenment values
Control code
613192837
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (132 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400834204
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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  • 247313
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  • 525be476-53fb-47c1-8ed1-b57ff955dd9f
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)613192837
Label
Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents, Ian Buruma
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Full tents and empty cathedrals -- Oriental wisdom -- Enlightenment values
Control code
613192837
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (132 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400834204
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 247313
  • 22573/ctttdjc
  • 525be476-53fb-47c1-8ed1-b57ff955dd9f
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)613192837

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