National identity, nationalism, and the politics of religion

The forum on “National identity, nationalism, and the politics of religion” draws together scholars with research expertise in the Middle East, North America, South Asia, and Europe to examine different facets of religious nationalism. Cocurated and coedited by Mona Oraby (TIF editor and Howard University) and Geneviève Zubrzycki (TIF editorial board member and University of Michigan), the featured essays explore why conflicts over national identity occur even in “mono-ethnic” and “mono-confessional” contexts; how religion and religious institutions remain crucial in secular states; why and how minorities and majorities are constituted, and what the role of political coalitions is in that process; as well as when gentrification contributes to minoritization of certain ethnic and religious groups. Amid ongoing and destabilizing regional conflicts, state-imposed restrictions on religious assembly, and expansionist theologies of the religious right, this forum provides needed insight into complex articulations of religion in global politics.