Professor Giorgio Shani, Director of the Rotary Peace Center at ICU, has published a new paperback version of Religion, Identity and Human Security. This work seeks to provide a fresh examination of the relationship between religion, identity and security in a globalizing world, arguing that in order to address human security issues we must seek a reconceptualization of human security along post-secular lines.


Religion, Identity and Human Security seeks to demonstrate that a major source of human insecurity comes from the failure of states around the world to recognize the increasing cultural diversity of their populations which has resulted from globalization. Professor Shani begins by setting out the theoretical foundations, dealing with the transformative effects of globalization on identity, violence and security. The second part of the volume then draws on different cases of sites of human insecurity around the globe to develop these ideas, examining themes such as:

  • securitization of religious symbols
  • retreat from multiculturalism
  • rise of exclusivist ethno-religious identities post- 9/11
  • state religion, colonization and the ‘racialization’ of migration
Professor Shani on the annual Rotary Peace Fellows' study trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima.

Professor Shani on the annual Rotary Peace Fellows' study trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima.

Highlighting that religion can be a source of both human security and insecurity in a globalizing world, Shani offers a ‘critical’ human security paradigm that seeks to de-secularize the individual by recognizing the culturally contested and embedded nature of human identities. The work argues that religion serves an important role in re-embedding individuals deracinated from their communities by neo-liberal globalization.

In addition to his teaching, advising, and research at ICU, Professor Shani is also Region President at the International Studies Association (ISA) and actively involved with Rethinking Peace Studies (RPS), a partnership between the Japan ICU Foundation, ICU, and Rutgers University's Center for the Study of Genocide & Human Rights.

Religion, Identity and Human Security © 2016 – Routledge, 188 pages. Click here for more information.

AuthorMark Flanigan