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Was September 11 About Religion or was it About Something Else: explaining and understanding culture and religion in international relations

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This paper uses the distinction Martin Hollis and Steve Smith make between explaining international relations from the outside, and understanding international relations from the inside as the basis for reconsidering the place of culture and religion in international relations theory. It shows how much of the literature in the first year or so after September 11 fits into these two appraoches. It argues, however, that interpretative approaches can bring out the relevance of some aspects of social constructivism for understanding culture and religion in international relations as well as its limits. Some of these limits can be more clearly seen when culture and religion are examined using Alasdair MacIntyre's narrative theory of idenity and social action, and so the paper ends up by applying MacIntre's narrative approach to understanding the September 11 tragedy.

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Thomas, Scott. "Was September 11 About Religion or was it About Something Else: explaining and understanding culture and religion in international relations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Mar 17, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p72477_index.html>

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Thomas, S. , 2004-03-17 "Was September 11 About Religion or was it About Something Else: explaining and understanding culture and religion in international relations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p72477_index.html

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Abstract: This paper uses the distinction Martin Hollis and Steve Smith make between explaining international relations from the outside, and understanding international relations from the inside as the basis for reconsidering the place of culture and religion in international relations theory. It shows how much of the literature in the first year or so after September 11 fits into these two appraoches. It argues, however, that interpretative approaches can bring out the relevance of some aspects of social constructivism for understanding culture and religion in international relations as well as its limits. Some of these limits can be more clearly seen when culture and religion are examined using Alasdair MacIntyre's narrative theory of idenity and social action, and so the paper ends up by applying MacIntre's narrative approach to understanding the September 11 tragedy.

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1 International Studies Association EARLY DRAFT - NOT FOR CITATION 17 March 2004 Explaining and Understanding Culture and Religion in International Relations Dr. Scott M. Thomas Department of Economics and International Development University of Bath ABSTRACT This paper uses the distinction Martin Hollis and Steve Smith make between explanatory theory which tried to explain international relations from the outside and interpretative theory which tries to understand international relations from the inside as the basis for reconsidering the place of
a similar dream can survive without a government or even a country because the recruitment is done in the mind. You cannot fight a battle in the mind only with special forces and cruise missiles."51 Ideas have consequences but what is distinctive about culture and religion from ideologies or belief systems is also important for understanding the impact of these social forces in international relations. A place for ideas theology and hermeneutics can be found in interpretative rather than


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