The Power of the Zealots: Religion, Violence, and International Relations

"The Power of the Zealots: Religion, Violence, and International Relations" In Journal of Religion and Violence 1, No. 2 (2013), 214-231.

16 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014  

Jodok Troy

University of Innsbruck - Department of Political Science; The Europe Center (2016-2018), Stanford University

Abstract

This article evaluates the issue of religion and conflict in international relations. René Girard’s mimetic theory offers explanations for basic problems of the ‘new world order’: why violence is a persistent pattern in human and political conduct as well as the understanding of religion and conflict. Therefore the article, after an assessment of framing religion and conflict in the context of theoretical approaches to political science, evaluates the possibilities of mimetic theory to provide a new understanding of the nexus of religion and conflict in international relations. It will do so in arguing for the hypothesis that the mimetic theory provides insights to the interplay of the evolving of power as it is described by the Realist tradition of international relations. The power of the ‘zealots,’ is the power of mimetic desire which always threatens to bring people apart.

Suggested Citation

Troy, Jodok, The Power of the Zealots: Religion, Violence, and International Relations. "The Power of the Zealots: Religion, Violence, and International Relations" In Journal of Religion and Violence 1, No. 2 (2013), 214-231. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380516

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