Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? The Demography of Religion and Fundamentalism

Required

Hout, Michael, Andrew Greeley and Melissa J. Wilde (2001). “The demographic imperative in religious change in the United States,” American Journal of Sociology 107(2): 468-500

Kaufmann, Eric and Vegard Skirbekk (2010).”‘Go Forth and Multiply’: the politics of religious demography,” in Jack A. Goldstone, Eric Kaufmann and Monica Duffy Toft, eds. Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Boulder: Paradigm).

Kaufmann, Eric (2010). Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth (London: Profile), chapter 1

Recommended

Brauer, Simon (2018). “The surprising predictable decline of religion in the United States.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 57(4): 654-675.

Bruce, Steve (2016). “The sociology of late secularization: social divisions and religiosity.” The British Journal of Sociology 67(4): 613-631.

Frejka, Tomas, and Charles F. Westoff (2008). “Religion, religiousness and fertility in the US and in Europe.” European Journal of Population 24(1): 5-31.

Hawley, George (2017). Demography, Culture, and the Decline of America’s Christian Denominations (Lanham: Lexington Books).

Inglehart, Ronald (2020). “Giving up on God: The Global Decline of Religion,” Foreign Affairs, 110

Jones, Gavin W. and Mehtar S. Karim (2005). Islam, the State and Population Policy (London: Hurst).

Joyce, Kathryn (2009). Quiverfull: inside the Christian patriarchy movement (Boston: Beacon Press).

Karakoç, Ekrem, Talha Köse, and Mesut Özcan (2017). “Emigration and the diffusion of political Salafism: Religious remittances and support for Salafi parties in Egypt during the Arab Spring.” Party Politics 23(6): 731-745.

Longman, Philip (2005). The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to do About it (New York: Basic Books), chapters 4 and 6

Norris, Pippa and Ronald Inglehart (2005). Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Okun, Barbara S. (2017) “Religiosity and fertility: Jews in Israel.” European Journal of Population 33(4): 475-507.

Peri-Rotem, Nitzan (2016). “Religion and fertility in Western Europe: Trends across cohorts in Britain, France and the Netherlands.” European Journal of Population 32(2): 231-265.

Schellekens, Jona, and A’as Atrash. “Religiosity and marital fertility among Muslims in Israel.” Demographic Research 39 (2018): 911-926.

Stark, Rodney and Reid L. Neilson (2005). The Rise of Mormonism. New York: Columbia University Press.

Stark, Rodney (1996). The Rise of Christianity: a sociologist reconsiders history (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

Toft, Monica (2012). “Wombfare: The religious and political dimensions of fertility and demographic change,” in Jack A. Goldstone, Eric Kaufmann and Monica Duffy Toft, eds. Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Boulder: Paradigm).

Weiner, Myron and Sharon Stanton Russell, eds. (2001) Demography and National Security (New York: Berghahn Books), especially chapter 12 (Islam & West) and conclusion

Westoff, Charles F. and Tomas Frejka (2007). “Religiousness and fertility among European Muslims.” Population and Development Review 33(4): 785-809.

Winckler, Onn (2005). Arab Political Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration and Natalist Policies (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press), Conclusion.

Essay Question

  • ‘Religious fundamentalism will defeat secularism because the devout have more children.’ Discuss.

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