Islam and global governance - Orientations towards the United Nations and Human Rights among four Islamic societies and four Western

Pettersson, T.
In contemporary globalized society, religious factors are said to be increasingly important to international politics (see e.g. Dark 2000; Millenium 2000; Tibi 2001, Cox 2002). One reason for the surge of religious factors in world politics is that the end of the Cold War was followed by a number of different conflicts which were imbued with religious ingredients (Tibi 2001: 24). In order to understand the role of religion in these events, comparative studies are needed. Disregarding whether Islamist movements will gain in importance and/or their anti-Western dimension is primarily explained by religio-cultural incompatibility between Islam and the West, it is therefore of interest to consider occurrences also in the Islamic world in investigations of the role of religious factors in international politics. This paper will discuss only one, very specific dimension of these developments, namely the relations between Islamic countries and the United Nations. In this regard, the results from a new set of interesting comparative data will be presented...

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