Forthcoming and Current
BRINGING HEAVEN TO EARTH: FAITH OVERCOMING RELIGION, ADVOCACY CONFRONTING PERSECUTION [FORTHCOMING]
Publication Date TBD
The book will incorporate experiences from my 20 years of work and be divided into four different parts.
Part 1 of the book will examine at the right to religious freedom, as well as highlight ways the standard is under attack by repressive governments and identify different types of challenges facing religious freedom. Part 2 will delve deeper into the challenges in the Middle East where this right is under outright attack, where the author has visited numerous times, looking at the impact of terrorism and state failure in the face of ISIS. Part 3 will examine South and Central Asia, whose population statistics that make this region numerically much more significant than any other, with some country provinces larger than entire EU countries. Part 4 will examine the future for faith freedom in the 21st century, grappling with how the issue can move forward in a time of globalization and increasing persecution. It will examine the need to promote freedom of religion or belief for all and not just for one’s own tribe, and new areas of engagement beginning to bear fruit.
INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ADVOCACY
A Guide to Organizations, Laws and NGOs
Baylor University Press: August 1, 2009
Knox Thames was the lead author and initiator of this first of its kind resource. International Religious Freedom Advocacy equips activists and policymakers with an intimate knowledge of the governmental institutions, NGOs, and laws that work to safeguard religious liberties across the world. Beginning with an overview of the international legal protections, these advocacy veterans explain the intricacies of and resources available within the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe, Organization of American States, African Union, and more. They conclude with in-depth case studies of Turkmenistan and Vietnam and a host of additional helpful information. It is available on Amazon.com, with the Institute for Global Engagement receiving all proceeds.