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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, […]

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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|5 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 […]