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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.

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    How evangelical religion contributed to peace in Northern Ireland – and what we can learn from it

How evangelical religion contributed to peace in Northern Ireland – and what we can learn from it

Gladys Ganiel explores the role of ECONI – an evangelical Protestant organisation – during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. ECONI’s effectiveness rests in part on its credibility: its evangelical identity provided it with a legitimacy that some ecumenical peacebuilding organisations lacked.

Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations emphasised the destructive capacities of religion, contributing to a popular consciousness that religion is simply […]

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    Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: the role of religious civil society

Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: the role of religious civil society

Strengthening Afghan civil society has been seen as central to the post-2001 peacebuilding process by national and international actors engaged in Afghanistan. But limited attention has been given to who are considered civil society actors and what role religious actors could play. Kaja Borchgrevink revisits her work on Afghan civil society 10 years on arguing that more consideration needs […]

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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

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 trend. The results indicate that globalisation is a contributing factor to the increase in […]

Trump, climate change and white US Evangelicalism

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord last week was made possible by the rise of a climate-denying faction within white US Evangelicalism. Over the past decade this growing faction has come to regard the very idea of climate change as a threat to their identity, presenting climate discourse as a cultural attack on the embattled Christian identity.  […]

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    Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need to move beyond a […]

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    The Marrakesh Declaration: A Muslim call for protection of religious minorities or freedom of religion?

The Marrakesh Declaration: A Muslim call for protection of religious minorities or freedom of religion?

In January last year more than 300 Sunni and Shia leaders from all over the world gathered in Marrakesh to formulate a Muslim call for protection of religious minorities. It is the first time in modern history that Muslim leaders have formulated such a clear rejection of religiously legitimated persecution and discrimination within the framework of international human rights. […]

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    On the complex relationship between the religious and the secular – proposing the notion of sedimentation

On the complex relationship between the religious and the secular – proposing the notion of sedimentation

Terminology that describes the categories of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ as two variables in a simple zero-sum-game are not sufficient says Karsten Lehman. In reality, complex historical processes mean these categories are dynamic and complex. Here Lehmann looks at how the Catholic NGO Pax Romana has changed its engagement with the UN over time. He proposes the notion […]

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    Religion and national belonging: Do you have to be Christian to be “one of us?”

Religion and national belonging: Do you have to be Christian to be “one of us?”

Is religion seen as core to national identity? Here Pew Research Center’s Bruce Stokes discusses the findings from Pew’s recent survey on public attitudes to religion and national belonging in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia. Whilst sizable segments of the public see religion as core to national belonging, language and customs matter more.

The tide of people moving across the world, […]

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    ‘Travelling fear’ in global context: Exploring everyday dynamics of in/security and im/mobility

‘Travelling fear’ in global context: Exploring everyday dynamics of in/security and im/mobility

Aydan Greatrick and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh put Trump’s recent “Muslim Ban” (and the exceptional responses to it) in context by focusing on the everyday dynamics of exclusion, immobility and insecurity that have long framed the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.

The shock that greeted President Trump’s travel ban ruling was seismic, inspiring massive demonstrations against the Executive Order barring individuals from seven […]