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Islam and human rights: Clash or compatibility?

Are Islam and human rights compatible? The answer to this depends on what kind of Islam and what kind of human rights we’re talking about as well as when, where and with whom. Marie Juul Petersen explores how Islam entails a multitude of different voices, interpretations and positions on human rights, promoted by different actors in different historical, social, […]

The United Nations – what has religion got to do with it?

Note: This article was originally published on the earlier LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
In the last two decades there has been a pressing need to make sense of religion in international politics. Here Anne Stensvold finds that the struggle over values at the UN is not a fight over ultimate truth but about how to accommodate religion in a globalized […]

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    Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

Globalisation has contributed to declining levels of religious freedom across the world

Note: This article was originally published on the earlier LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
What factors affect religious freedom? As Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom and Gizem Arikan write, there is evidence that restrictions on religious freedom have increased globally in recent decades. Using data from a recent study, they highlight the role that processes of globalisation have had on this […]

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    Narratives of Islamophobia in the UK: Encounters and resistance among young Muslim women

Narratives of Islamophobia in the UK: Encounters and resistance among young Muslim women

Note: This article was originally published on the earlier LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
Tania Saeed’s book looks at the experiences of young Muslim women across England, highlighting the anxieties of young Muslims who constantly feel targeted because of their religious beliefs. It finds that Muslim students are actively challenging Islamophobia on campuses through dialogue, taking charge of the […]

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    The effect of neoliberal policies on the place of religion in England’s schools

The effect of neoliberal policies on the place of religion in England’s schools

The interim report of the Commission on Religious Education was published last month seeking to outline a vision for the subject in current education policy in England. Whilst debates around the place of religions in education seek to balance the place of an established religion with increasing religious diversity, they often ignore the rise in recent decades of a […]

October 12th, 2017|RPS Archive|0 Comments|
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    Religion is not what it used to be. Consumerism, neoliberalism, and the global reshaping of religion

Religion is not what it used to be. Consumerism, neoliberalism, and the global reshaping of religion

The last half-century has seen a shift, not from religion to no religion but from one type of religion to another. François Gauthier argues that scholars of religion have often ignored the rise of economics as a dominant and structuring social force beginning in the 1980s and, as such, how consumerism and neoliberalism have shaped religion. He finds that […]

October 6th, 2017|RPS Archive|0 Comments|

Intergenerational perspectives on caste in the UK

In a recent study, Rina Arya investigated how attitudes to caste varied between generations in the Hindu Punjabi community living in the Greater Manchester area. Here she offers a summary of the research and writes that it points to the continuing – albeit evolving – significance of caste in the diaspora.

Caste and class are significant issues within Hindu society, both in […]

September 28th, 2017|RPS Archive|0 Comments|
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    Recognizing the other: Jewish–Muslim relations in the global food industry

Recognizing the other: Jewish–Muslim relations in the global food industry

John Lever’s upcoming book explores the global kosher and halal food industry and finds that Jewish-Muslim relations can be more harmonious than is often assumed.

In line with conflict in the Middle East, Jewish-Muslim relations are often represented in the media and public discourse in confrontational terms. In a recent blog piece, Yulia Egorova suggests similarly that Jewish-Muslim relations reflect and […]

September 19th, 2017|RPS Archive|0 Comments|
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    Cultural appropriation: Analysing the use of Hindu symbols within consumerism

Cultural appropriation: Analysing the use of Hindu symbols within consumerism

The use of Hindu symbols in the media and within consumer culture has led to tensions as symbols become dislocated from their religious or socio-political meaning and are perceived to be distorted. In this context Rina Arya discusses the need for greater scholarship to explore notions of appropriation and cultural boundaries.

Cultural appropriation is a topic that is often discussed in the […]

September 8th, 2017|RPS Archive|0 Comments|
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    The FBV agenda puts schools in the business of defending not critiquing British values

The FBV agenda puts schools in the business of defending not critiquing British values

Since 2014 there has been a duty imposed on schools to actively promote ‘fundamental British values’ (FBV). There is concern that this is being used to wrong-foot certain communities and risks setting up a dichotomy between, for example, Muslim values and British values.  Julia Ipgrave argues that defining British values by fear signals a shift in thinking about the […]

August 31st, 2017|RPS Archive|0 Comments|