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The Problem of Religious DiversityEuropean Challenges, Asian Approaches$
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Anna Triandafyllidou and Tariq Modood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419086

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.001.0001

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Nation and Religion: Dangerous Liaisons

Nation and Religion: Dangerous Liaisons

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(p.27) 2 Nation and Religion: Dangerous Liaisons
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The Problem of Religious Diversity
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Anna Triandafyllidou

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.003.0002

This chapter discusses two contrasted processes that take plce in Europe today: On one hand, religion is perceived as a main dimension that organises social and political life at the global level, and, on the other hand, national identity and the nation-state is re-emerging as the main community of allegiance and belonging in a post-industrial society. I am arguing that actually both processes find their roots in the re-organisation of the political and symbolic world order that took place in 1989 with the collapse of Communism. They are of course conveniently supported and fuelled by the recent socio-economic crisis in Europe, which has intensified inequalities both within and between countries making citizens increasingly worried about their future.

Keywords:   Community, post-industrial society, crisis, identity

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