There is a plaque at the Hague dedicated to the “Founder of International Law.” The inscription refers to the sixteenth-century Spanish Catholic philosopher and theologian Francisco de Vitoria. So we have come full circle in the need to make the case for the importance of religion in world affairs.

This volume is one of the latest entries in a steady flow of books that attempt to reevaluate the role of religion in global politics. Some recent works are Mark Juergensmeyer's Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (2008) and Monica Duffy Toft, Daniel Philpott, and Timothy Shah's God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (2011). Even Jürgen Habermas, the most influential philosopher in Europe today, has recently called for “the secular...

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