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Political Theology

Original Illustration from Thomas Hobbe's Leviathan

Throughout history, theological concepts across religious traditions have been used to legitimate political systems, actions, and stances. These resources examine how religious beliefs and principles motivate specific political action. In particular, they explore historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Our Experts

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Shaun Casey

Walsh School of Foreign Service

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Michael Kessler

Managing Director
Department of Government and Law Center

Political Theology A-Z Subtopics

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Lesson Plan February 1, 2021

Islam as a Political Force

This curricular module guide introduces the religious and political components of political Islam in the contemporary Middle East and examines the historical development of Islam as a political ideology.

Blog Posts


November 23, 2020

Values as a Key Component of Good Governance: The Islamic Case (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes

November 5, 2020

Indian and Western Varieties of Secularism (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 19 minutes

October 14, 2020

Iran's Shia Diplomacy (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 4 minutes