Category Archives: Religion and Politics

ESITIS 2017

Next week, from 26-29 April 2017, the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies will be holding its bi-annual conference. This time in Münster, Germany. There is an excellent line-up of speakers (including amongst more illustrious folk my good … Continue reading

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Responding to Religiously-Inspired Terror: Mayor Sadiq Khan on the London Attacks

Just to quick note to point to recent RSIS Commentaries on the London terror attack in March outside parliament. The first to appear was by myself, titled as the headline here, which looks at the way such events may be … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics: CNA with Profs Julius Lipner, Jospeh Liow, Vali Nasr, and Yan Kejia

On the sidelines of this year’s SRP (Studies in Interreligious Relations in Plural Societies Programme) Symposium, Channel News Asia recorded this episode of Between the Lines documentary with Profs Lipner, Liow, Nasr, and Yan from (respectively): Cambridge University and SRP, … Continue reading

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The Social Equality of Religion and Belief

My review of Alan Carling, ed., The Social Equality of Freedom and Belief, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 is now available on the “Reading Religion” website of the AAR. You can read it here: http://readingreligion.org/books/social-equality-religion-or-belief This book adds to … Continue reading

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Radicalisation

Those excellent folks at the Religious Studies Project have produced a very good recent podcast on radicalisation by Matthew Francis of CREST which is well worth listening to: Researching Radicalisation I have done a short response to this which is … Continue reading

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After the Deconstruction of Religion?

The Finnish scholar Teemu Taira recently did a piece for the Religious Studies Project website on what happens after we deconstruct religion, which can be found here: Categorising “Religion”: From Case Studies to Methodology I was the respondent for this … Continue reading

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Interventions on the Burkini Wars

The global media has been discussing the burkini bans in France for some weeks now, and with it becoming such a politicised issues it is likely to be debated for sometime to come. Perhaps most iconic has been the image … Continue reading

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Trump, Madonna and Faith

Intriguing title, this RSIS Commentary (op-ed/ opinion/ policy commentary) will explain the connections. I think I need say no more: https://www.academia.edu/22573770/Trump_Madonna_and_Faith_The_Role_of_Religious_Leaders_in_Common_Space I won’t post further copies om my Commentaries here but they can be viewed either on my academia.edu page … Continue reading

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Self-Immolation in Religion and Politics

This quick blog is to announce the online publication of a recent article of mine entitled: “Burning for a Cause: Four Factors in Successful Political (and Religious) Self-Immolation Examined in Relation to Alleged Falun Gong “Fanatics” in Tiananmen Square.” If … Continue reading

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The Islamisation of Europe: Myth or Reality?

A recent comment piece I wrote for the RSIS Commentary series which has been well received. Synopsis: Discussion of the Islamisation of Europe is increasing, but the claim lacks evidence or empirical credibility. What is fuelling this agenda, and how … Continue reading

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