Religion and Nuclear Weapons

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This book explores religions role in shaping a states nuclear policies. It analyses whether religion becomes a motivating or de-motivating factor in the nuclear weapons programs. The fatwa of Ayatollah Khamenei the Iranian Supreme Leader against nuclear weapons is an important factor in the recent debate over the possibility of nuclear weaponization in Iran. At the same time Pakistans nuclear tests of 1998 were labelled as tests of an Islamic bomb.The book also examines various theories on the causes of nuclear weaponization adding the role of religion within their frameworks. It also explores religions direct impact on nuclear policymakers and the indirect influence in nuclear policy by shaping social norms strategic culture and public opinion in countries.

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