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Religious Particularism vs. Religious Universalism

Title: Religious Particularism vs. Religious Universalism
Subject Classification: Religion and Faith, Politics and Government, Community, Society and Culture
BIC Classification: HR, JFS, HRCJ
BISAC Classification: REL025000, POL033000, REL028000
Binding: Hardback, Paperback, ebook, pp.216
Publication date: 25th April 2023
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-174-2
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-175-9
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-80441-438-5

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Description

The process of globalization means that borders between societies are becoming less important, and socio-cultural developments in certain societies are increasingly influenced by events from other parts of the world.

This creates two opposing social effects. On the one hand, there is a risk of clashes between different religions, which are present within a social community. On the other hand, these close contacts among different religions may diminish differences among them, and thus reduce tensions and conflicts.

This book explores the conflict between particularism and universalism. Particularism emphasizes the importance of the characteristics of particular social groups; ethnic, cultural, religious, and regional. Unlike particularism, universalism emphasizes the importance of similarities among people and systems of values in individual societies.

The authors in this collection  address some of the important issues at the interface of particularism and universalism, including the role of religion as a mitigator of the influence of global processes;  fundamentalism as a form of collective identity; and the idea of ecumenism and neo-ecumenism as myth or reality.

An important collection for scholars and researchers in religion and faith, politics, and globalization.

Biography

Editor: Dr Zoran Matevski is Professor and Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies and Research, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia.

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