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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|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    Narratives of Islamophobia in the UK: Encounters and resistance amongst young Muslim women

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

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 narrative that informs their daily lives.

Bassem Youssef an Egyptian comedian now based in the […]

September 11th, 2017|Featured, Latest|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 […]

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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|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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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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    Disused churches: documenting the adaptive reuse of religious buildings

Disused churches: documenting the adaptive reuse of religious buildings

The Xhurches project documents how religious buildings are being repurposed all over the world. Here the projects co-director Van Pham discusses how these spaces are being reimagined and what this tells us about the notion of religion, spiritual practice and community today.
Repurposing spaces in the urban landscape can be a tactic that retains some connection, however diffuse, to our […]

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

The crucial role faith communities play at times of crisis

A new report from the Woolf Institute finds that local communities – especially faith and other minority groups – are increasingly important in times of crisis, from austerity and the migration crisis to political instability. Here the report authors Jan-Jonathan Bock and Sami Everett discuss their findings.

Our ethnographic research since 2015 for the Woolf Institute “Trust in Crisis” project […]

July 20th, 2017|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    Prevent: Approval amongst teachers and education practitioners differs along ethnic lines

Prevent: Approval amongst teachers and education practitioners differs along ethnic lines

A new study looks at the impact of the Prevent duty in schools and colleges across the UK. The report, published last week, finds there is a disparity along ethnic lines amongst teachers and education practitioners regarding levels of approval towards the statutory duty writes Louis Caresrides.

As part of the national counter-terror strategy, schools and colleges have been identified […]

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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 […]