World of Faith and Freedom

World of Faith and Freedom : Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital to American National Security

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Virtually every trouble spot on the planet has some sort of religious component, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Israel and Palestine. All of these conflicts are of great geo-political importance and of intense interest to the United States. Yet, argues Thomas Farr, our foreign policy is gravely handicapped by an inability to understand the role of religion in these places and indeed a strong disinclination to consider religious factors as important. In this engaging and well-written insider account, Farr offers a closely reasoned argument that religious freedom, the freedom to practice one's own religion without fear or interference, is an essential prerequisite for a democratic society. If the U.S. wants to foster democracy, he says, it must focus on fostering religious liberty. Although we ourselves have developed a remarkably successful model of religious freedom, our foreign policy favors an aggressive secularism that is at odds with the American model. It is essential, says Farr, that we take an approach that recognizes the great importance of religion in people's more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195179951
  • 9780195179958
  • 2,077,371

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Thomas Farr's excellent and wide-ranging book demonstrates that promoting religious freedom around the world is not just a good thing in itself, but an indispensable foundation for a just and sane foreign policy. Even better, his book is firmly based on years of first-hand experience within government dealing with these very issues. * Philip Jenkins, author of God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis *show more

About Thomas F. Farr

Thomas F. Farr is Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He was the first Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. State Department. He served for seven years in the U.S. Army and twenty-one years in the American Foreign more

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