Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare in Egypt, Israel, Italy, and the United States

Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare in Egypt, Israel, Italy, and the United States
Pages:
214
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Published:
May 30th 2012 by Indiana University Press
Goodreads Rating:
3.29
ISBN13:
9780253002389
ISBN10:
0253002389
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Gold Medal Winner, 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Religion Category Claiming Society for God focuses on common strategies used by religiously orthodox (what some would call “fundamentalist”) movements around the world. Rather than using armed struggle or terrorism, as much of post-9/11 thinking suggests, these movements use a patient, under-the-radar strategy of taking over civil society. Claiming Society for God tells the stories of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Sephardi Torah Guardians or Shas in Israel, Comunione e Liberazione in Italy, and the Salvation Army in the United States, showing how these movements, grounded in a communitarian theology, are building massive grassroots networks of religiously based social service agencies, hospitals and clinics, rotating credit societies, schools, charitable organizations, worship centers, and businesses.

These networks are already being called states within states, surrogate states, or parallel societies, and in Egypt brought the Muslim Brotherhood to control of parliament and the presidency. This bottom-up, entrepreneurial strategy is aimed at nothing than making religion the cornerstone of society. Samples of the book are available from Google Books at http://bit.ly/PkDz69 and from Amazon at http://amzn.to/Oa8w6G Connect with the authors on Facebook: www.facebook.com/claimingsocietyforgod