Washed by a Deluge

Sayres S. Rudy

in Religion and Human Security

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950553 | DOI:
Washed by a Deluge

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This chapter provides an intriguing comparative case study which aims to bridge the Muslim and Christian worlds. Focusing on Algeria and Poland, it compares the impact of religious movements that resisted autocratic state governments on those countries. It addresses the puzzle of why religious protests against the state remained peaceful in Poland, where religious groups are widely considered to have benefited human security, but turned violent in Algeria, where they are widely considered to have been harmful. The explanation may rest in the fact that in Poland the government grudgingly allowed religious groups to provide for human security and to be a forum for the open expression of social desires. Algeria never permitted this. In other words the Polish government promoted the type of “compromise” that has been noted in other chapters in this book.

Keywords: Muslims; Christians; Algeria; Poland; religious movements; autocratic governments; religious protests; human security

Chapter.  9010 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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