There are numerous examples of how religion and nationalism intertwine. In some cases, a common religion is the fundamental marker of a nation’s identity, whereas in others secular nationalism tries to hold together people of different religious beliefs.

This book examines the link between religion and nationalism in contemporary polities. By exploring case studies on India, Russia, Israel, Canada, Chechnya, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Catalonia and the Basque Country, it seeks to understand the relationship between these two key societal forms of diversity and assess the interaction between religious and nationalist perspectives. Expert contributors examine a variety of phenomena, including secular nationalism, secessionism, and polities in which religious pluralism is evolving.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, religion and politics, nationalism, federalism, secession, political philosophy, racial and ethnic politics and comparative politics.

chapter |11 pages

Nationalism and religion

Friends or foes?
ByKlaus-Jürgen Nagel, Ferran Requejo

chapter |24 pages

Governments and god(s)

A provisional taxonomy
ByBrendan O’Leary

chapter |14 pages

Religious pluralism in Russia

ByAnastassia V. Obydenkova

chapter |16 pages

Religious pluralism and political accommodation in India

ByGeorge Mathew

chapter |14 pages

Nationalism, land, and religion in Israel

ByAlberto Spektorowski

chapter |12 pages


The Islamization of a secession
ByAleksandar Pavković

chapter |16 pages

Ethnoreligious nationalism and the rejected federalism of Sri Lanka

BySuren Rāghavan

chapter |14 pages

The Quebec Charter of Values

Using the French concept of laïcité to create a clash with the Canadian multiculturalism
ByLouis-Philippe Lampron

chapter |16 pages

He will inspire us with courage and bring our enemies to nought 1

Religion and nationalism in Scotland
ByMichael Rosie

chapter |14 pages

Accommodating Flemings and Francophones in a federal arrangement

The cultural and religious dimension of the Belgian experience
ByFrank Delmartino

chapter |13 pages

Religion and nationalism

The Basque country as a case study
ByFrancisco Letamendia

chapter |17 pages

Religion and the political accommodation of Catalonia

A non-relation?
ByKlaus-Jürgen Nagel