Civil Society and Religion: Retrospective Reflections on Catholicism and Prospective Reflections on Islam

Casanova, Jos�
December 2001
Social Research;Winter2001, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p1041
Academic Journal
The author discusses the relationship between civil society and religion. The author offers information about the role of Catholicism in the civil society. The public mobilization of Islam is unlikely to be conducive to democracy and the emergence of civil society, and that the civilizational clash between Islam and the West may replace the geopolitical clash between the superpowers during the Cold War. They point out that the church only becomes an institution of civil society when it ceases being a church in the Weberian sense of the term.


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