Religion et sentiment national

  • Georges Goriely


From the beginning of the 19th Century to the present feelings of national identity and religious sentiments have coexisted in a close but ambiguous relationship. For example, national movements in Poland, French-speaking Canada and Ireland have been inextricably linked with the Roman Catholic faith. Pan-Arabism and Zionism could not exist without the underpinnings of Islam and the Jewish faith respectively.
On the other hand, these same national movements have frequently been in conflict with the prevailing religious establishment. In many cases, the religious hierarchy has been at odds with nationalist currents.
Moreover, often the leaders of nationalist movements were themselve either non-religious or dissenters. However, in order to succeed national movements could not ignore and, indeed, made good use of traditional
religious feelings.
There is a complex relationship between religion and nationalism, and their interplay results in both revolutionary and counter-revolutionary tendencies.

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Goriely, G., (1977) “Religion et sentiment national”, Res Publica 19(1), 71-81. doi:

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Published on
30 Mar 1977
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