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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.

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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 […]

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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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