Exploring the place and role of religion in British society today

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    Universities should consider faith diversity alongside issues of gender and ethnicity

Universities should consider faith diversity alongside issues of gender and ethnicity

Universities have gender, race and disability equality working groups, but not religious equality groups. In her new book, Kristin Aune finds that up to one fifth of Jewish and Muslim students report being discriminated against or harassed because of their religion. Today’s universities need to become more faith-friendly she argues.

Universities have undergone a secular transformation. From being places of […]

March 22nd, 2017|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|
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    Interview: “You can have debate within a context of familiarity and friendship” – Bishop Nazir-Al

Interview: “You can have debate within a context of familiarity and friendship” – Bishop Nazir-Al

In February Bishop Nazir-Ali was in conversation with Professor Javed Majeed at an event on the philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal co-hosted by the South Asia Centre and Bloomsbury Pakistan. During the Bishop’s visit to LSE, Sonali Campion interviewed him about the contemporary relevance of Iqbal’s writing, particularly in questions around the relationship between religion and the state, including debates about religion, secularism and […]

March 20th, 2017|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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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 […]

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    The ‘religion or secularism’ debate on women’s equality obscures the real problem: patriarchy

The ‘religion or secularism’ debate on women’s equality obscures the real problem: patriarchy

Is ‘religion’ patriarchal, antithetical to gender equality? This was a question posed last night during the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain #IWD2017 panel discussion on ‘Gender and Sexual Equality in a Post-Truth Age’. On International Women’s Day 2017, Erin K. Wilson explores this question, arguing that actually, this is the wrong question to be asking.

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March 8th, 2017|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    Britain’s ‘Christian right’: seeking solace in a narrative of discrimination

Britain’s ‘Christian right’: seeking solace in a narrative of discrimination

The ‘Christian right’ in the UK may not be anywhere near as powerful as its US counterpart, but it still tries to exert influence on public policy. This has become increasingly difficult as fewer Britons identify themselves as Christian. Steven Kettell finds that although these campaigners bemoan the effects of secularisation, they have found themselves adopting secular arguments in order to oppose same-sex […]

March 8th, 2017|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|
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    Freedom of expression vs. defamation of religions: Protecting individuals or protecting religions?

Freedom of expression vs. defamation of religions: Protecting individuals or protecting religions?

In 2005 the Danish Muhammed cartoons sparked a heated international debate on the relationship between free speech and protection against religious discrimination. Whilst such tensions continue to be a source of conflict in the UN today, Marie Juul Petersen and Heini í Skorini look at what lies behind the actions of one of the key players in this debate, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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What of nonreligion in the public sphere?

Could replacing existing notions of ‘religion’ with more inclusive categories be a better fit for increasingly ‘nonreligious’ societies? A recent UCL roundtable discussion on unbelief raised questions about several areas of social and public life where it might be necessary to take better account of the nonreligious. Lois Lee argues that a positive role for religion in the public […]

February 22nd, 2017|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|
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    Non-religious young people in Britain possess a range of different identities

Non-religious young people in Britain possess a range of different identities

In a recent article for the Journal of Youth Studies, Nicola Madge and Peter J Hemming draw on findings from the Youth On Religion study to explore the meaning of non-religious identities. They find that young people display a wide range of non-religious identities with different levels of religiosity, and that being non-religious does not confer an automatic identity. […]

February 15th, 2017|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|

Islam as a political force: more than belief

The politicization of religion cannot be explained by the ideas of religious doctrines but by the interactions between religious and political actors, institutions and ideas argues Jocelyne Cesari. In the Muslim world, the nation-building process saw a decisive rearrangement of the society-state-religion nexus with state projects making use of Islamic terminology or vocabulary to legitimize state actors and policies. […]

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    How faith communities in the UK are responding to the refugee crisis

How faith communities in the UK are responding to the refugee crisis

Faith-based groups don’t always get it right in their response to refugees. But, at their best, Susanna Snyder argues, faith communities work in partnership with other civic organisations to offer practical support to some of the most marginalised people in our communities and to shift public imagination, discourse and policy in a more generous and inclusive direction. As the […]

February 8th, 2017|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|