Journal Article

The War in Iraq and the Academic Study of Religion

Ira Chernus

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 76, issue 4, pages 844-873
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online December 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfn076
The War in Iraq and the Academic Study of Religion

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We can gain valuable new perspectives on the Bush administration's policies in Iraq and the domestic response to them by applying the historical and analytical–descriptive methods of academic religious studies. The article analyzes the work that has already been done along these lines, placing it in the context of broader studies of American religion and culture that cast the U.S. role in the Iraq war in a new light. These works provide a model of scholarship as good citizenship, helping American society understand itself better in a time of war, stimulating the kind of thoughtful debate that is the lifeblood of democracy.

Journal Article.  10936 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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