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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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    Religion and Party Liking: How members of different faith communities feel about different political parties

Religion and Party Liking: How members of different faith communities feel about different political parties

Is religion likely to matter for British party politics in the coming election? Here Siobhan McAndrew investigates the most recent wave of the British Election Study online panel. She finds that overall religious affiliation matters for how people feel towards the major parties but there is a substantial overlap between religious affiliation and other identities and basic values.

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May 18th, 2017|Featured, Latest|4 Comments|

Religion and the modernization of the body

Discourse analysis, social constructionism, rhetorical studies, literary studies and in general the linguistic turn have hijacked the actual, living breathing, recalcitrant and difficult body for research on texts. Of course, bodies are open for interpretation, but there is an important difference for example between age and ageing. In this discussion Bryan S. Turner looks at actual bio-medico-technical changes to […]

May 11th, 2017|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|

African Pentecostal churches in Britain’s urban spaces

Richard Burgess looks at a Nigerian Pentecostal church in the London borough of Islington and finds that the church’s ability to occupy a permanent and dedicated space has influenced its visibility in the public sphere.

Our ‘Pentecostalism in Britain’ series is in collaboration with Africa at LSE

In recent decades, London’s religious landscape has undergone significant changes due to the presence of […]

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    We need to talk about Mindfulness: The changing face of religion and the secular in the public sphere

We need to talk about Mindfulness: The changing face of religion and the secular in the public sphere

Over the last few years, the UK has emerged as one of the leading fronts in the global mindfulness movement. While this success is typically identified in strictly nonreligious terms, Alp Arat argues that it is sociologically lazy to classify such trends on purely secular grounds. Instead, he claims that the popularity of mindfulness meditation now raises important questions […]

April 28th, 2017|Featured, Latest|2 Comments|

Young, Muslim and British: Between rhetoric and realities

In Britain, public discourse on young Muslims tends to be framed in negative terms, associating them with religious extremism or terrorism. A new volume edited by Sadek Hamid focuses on other aspects of being young, Muslim and British. He finds that there is a multiplicity of young British Muslim experiences and their identities are not static but continuously evolving, […]

April 24th, 2017|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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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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    Is the liberal state secular? How much state-religion separation is necessary to secure liberal-democratic ideals

Is the liberal state secular? How much state-religion separation is necessary to secure liberal-democratic ideals

Is it a mistake to assume that liberal democracy requires a strict separation of state and religion like the French or US model? In her new book, Cécile Laborde starts from four universal liberal-democratic ideals and asks how much, and what kind of, state separation from religion is required to secure these ideals. By extracting the minimal secular core […]

April 5th, 2017|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it

Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it

Mainstream parties need to begin addressing conservative whites’ anxieties about the demographic growth of Islam, or populists will continue to thrive, writes Eric Kaufmann. He explains that this demands a sustained programme to improve demographic literacy.

Geert Wilders may not have come first in the Dutch election, but he came second and forced his opponent, Mark Rutte, to tack closer […]

March 31st, 2017|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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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, […]