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In the Abdul Rahman case, religious organizations addressed classic religious issues-religion’s relationship with the state, and the question of religious tolerance-and engaged in directly political activity. This chapter provides an overview of a broad class of religious organizations-all those that qualify as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Yearbook of International Organizations. The chapter uses RINGO data to explore key scholarly issues related to religion as a globalizing world-cultural domain. A foundational issue is that of world religions: while Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, and one or two others are routinely seen as world religions, our data reveal which religions are highly organized transnationally not as formal religious structures but as voluntary associations of religious character engaged in the culture and organization of world society.

Keywords: Abdul Rahman; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); religious organizations; Taoism



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