This volume approaches the UN as a laboratory of religio-political value politics. Over the last two decades religion has acquired increasing influence in international politics, and religious violence and terrorism has attracted much scholarly attention. But there is another parallel development which has gone largely unnoticed, namely the increasing political impact of peaceful religious actors.

With several religious actors in one place and interacting under the same conditions, the UN is as a multi-religious society writ small. The contributors to this book analyse the most influential religious actors at the UN (including The Roman Catholic Church; The Organisation of Islamic Countries; the Russian Orthodox Church). Mapping the peaceful political engagements of religious actors; who they are and how they collaborate with each other - whether on an ad hoc basis or by forming more permanent networks - throwing light at the modus operandi of religious actors at the UN; their strategies and motivations. The chapters are closely interrelated through the shared focus on the UN and common theoretical perspectives, and pursue two intertwined aspects of religious value politics, namely the whys and hows of cross-religious cooperation on the one hand, and the interaction between religious actors and states on the other.

Drawing together a broad range of experts on religious actors, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of Religion and Politics, International Relations and the UN.

chapter |14 pages


ByAnne Stensvold

part |95 pages

Religion at the United Nations

chapter |10 pages

Engaging on global issues in a UN setting

Religious actors
ByKatherine Marshall

chapter |18 pages

Hate speech and holy prophets

Tracing the OIC's strategies to protect religion at the UN
ByHeini í Skorini, Marie Juul Petersen

chapter |17 pages

Negotiating traditional values

The Russian Orthodox Church at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
ByVebjørn L. Horsfjord

chapter |16 pages

Internal affairs?

Assessing NGO engagement for religious freedom at the United Nations 1
ByHelge Årsheim

chapter |16 pages

Religion, state and symbol politic

The Catholic Church at the UN
ByAnne Stensvold

part |73 pages

Religion and state

chapter |14 pages

Emerging international subjects

The Royal Peel Commission, Palestine Partition and the establishment of religious difference at the United Nations
ByMaria Birnbaum

chapter |10 pages

Religious voices at the United Nations

American faith perspectives as an example
ByKatherine Marshall

chapter |16 pages

Dynamic perspectives on defamation of religion among Jewish NGOs

ByGabriel Levy, Miriam Kyselo

chapter |17 pages

Human rights and the Tunisian constitution

ByRagnhild Johnsrud Zorgati

chapter |15 pages

Norway, religion and the United Nations

ByIngrid Vik, Cecilie Endresen