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The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics & Religion

By Paul A. Djupe

I am over the moon to announce that all articles have been submitted to the ORE of Politics and Religion! The product of hundreds of scholars from across the world, the ORE covers a tremendous range of questions and cases, from peace to war, state regulation to group advocacy, elite cue giving to citizen attitudes. More important is that the ORE is intended to capture the conversation as it stands in academic attention to politics and religion at this time. And, as such, it represents what we believe to be an extraordinary achievement in this subfield. Normally diffuse, scattered across journals, books, and disciplines, the investigation of politics and religion has had high start up costs for researchers. Now, this project will not only serve as an end point – a source to learn about the Muslim Brotherhood, for example – but as a launching point – a source to learn where academic research has been and where it might fruitfully head.

Not all articles are available yet, but about ⅔ of them are available online at this link. Here’s a snapshot of articles that have been recently added, showcasing the range of topics addressed as well as the caliber of scholars involved in this project. A few of them are free for download as of today. A previous post has a longer list of articles available online.

Democratic Norms and Religion (Gizem Arikan and Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom) [FREE]

Identity, Internal State Conflict, and Religion (John F. McCauley)

Post-Conflict Processes and Religion: Lebanon (Konstantin Ash)

Protest and Religion: An Overview (Yasemin Akbaba) [FREE]

Protest and Religion: The U.S. Pro-Life Movement (Ziad Munson)

Religious Regulation in China (Lawrence C. Reardon)

Religious Traditions in Politics: Judaism (Kenneth D. Wald)

The Political Effects of Religious Cues (Aubrey Westfall and Özge Çelik Russell)

Mark Rozell and I (as co-editors-in-chief) remain thankful for the terrific set of associate editors who were instrumental in recruiting and reviewing work. Most of them also contributed their own articles to the volume, reflecting their own outstanding scholarship. We were lucky to be able to work with them on this project. In alphabetical order, they are:

Gizem Arikan, Trinity College, Dublin

Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Taylor Boas, Boston University

Steven Kettell, University of Warwick

Amy Erica Smith, Iowa State University

Güneş Murat Tezcür, University of Central Florida

Paul A. Djupe, Denison University Political Science, is an affiliated scholar with PRRI, the series editor of Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics (Temple), and co-creator of (see his list of posts). Further information about his work can be found at his website and on Twitter.

Race, Religion, or Culture? Framing Islam between Racism and Neo-Racism in the Online Network of the French Far Right

PS, Volume 16, Issue 3 (September 2018)

by Caterina Froio


When debates about Islam acquire importance in the public sphere, does the far right adhere to traditional racist arguments, risking marginalization, or does it conform to mainstream values to attain legitimacy in the political system? Focusing on the aftermath of the 2015 terrorist attacks in France, I explore the framing of Islam, discussing how the far right’s nativist arguments were reformulated to engage with available discursive opportunities and dominant conceptions of the national identity. By looking at actors in the protest and the electoral arenas, I examine the interplay between the choice of anti-Islam frames and baseline national values.

I offer a novel mixed-method approach to study political discourses, combining social network analysis of the links between seventy-seven far-right websites with a qualitative frame analysis of online material. It also includes measures of online visibility of these websites to assess their audiences. The results confirm that anti-Islam frames are couched along a spectrum of discursive opportunity, where actors can either opt to justify opposition to Islam based on interpretations of core national values (culture and religion) or mobilize on strictly oppositional values (biological racism). The framing strategy providing most online visibility is based on neo-racist arguments. While this strategy allows distortion of baseline national values of secularity and republicanism, without breaching the social contract, it is also a danger for organizations that made “opposition to the system” their trademark. While the results owe much to the French context, the conclusions draw broader implications as to the far right going mainstream.

Book: Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices, 6th Edition (2018)

Authors: Allen D. Hertzke, Laura R. Olson, Kevin R. den Dulk, and Robert Booth Fowler

Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. This book offers an engaging, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. It explores the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that motivate religious political engagement and assesses the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face. Incorporating the best and most current scholarship, the authors examine the evolving politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical and mainline Protestants; African-American and Latino traditions; Jews, Muslims, and other religious minorities; recent immigrants and religious “nones”; and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements.

New to the Sixth Edition

• Covers the 2016 election and assesses the role of religion from Obama to Trump.

• Expands substantially on religion’s relationship to gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class, and features the role of social media in religious mobilization.

• Adds discussion questions at the end of every chapter, to help students gain deeper understanding of the subject.

• Adds a new concluding chapter on the normative issues raised by religious political engagement, to stimulate lively discussions.

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Books To Watch For

By Andrew R. Lewis:

A couple months ago, I asked for forthcoming books on religion and politics so that we could help promote them. I’m excited to release the first iteration.

These are some exciting books, and I am hopeful that it helps spread the word about the great work being done. Please share with your networks!

We will do this again in the summer. If you have a book that is about to be released, …

See more of the books here.