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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.

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Shaun Casey

Senior Fellow
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

Executive Director
Department of Government and Georgetown Law

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Article April 23, 2021

Political Islam: More than Islamism

In this editorial for "Religions," Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari argues that political Islam entails multiple forms of Islamic governance and is thus broader and more complex than Islamism, which refers to Islamic political parties

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