"Religion and Politics" – Cluster of Excellence at the WWU Münster

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures” was founded in 2007 at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Some 200 academics from more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and from around 14 countries deal with the relationship of religion and politics across epochs and cultures. It is nationally the largest research association of its kind and of the 43 Clusters of Excellence in Germany, it is the only one to deal with religion. full story

“Majority of Arab populations is critical of EU”

Prof. Dr. Bernd SchlipphakProf. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak
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According to a new study of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, the majority of people in Arab countries is critical of the European Union (EU). “In almost all of the countries included in the study, a minority of respondents – between 10 and 45 per cent – see the EU as positive”, says political scientist Prof. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak. Major reason is the rejection of external interference with domestic concerns. Religion, in contrast, plays a much lesser role for the scepticism in countries influenced by Islam than has so far been assumed.

When Jews and Christians changed the Ten Commandments

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During the first centuries after having been written down, the Bible’s Ten Commandments were not nearly as set in stone as had been assumed, according to latest research. Bible scolar J. Cornelis de Vos from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” presents the first full study of all ancient texts about the Decalogue.

“Religious issues are difficult to decide”

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Religious communities find it more difficult than other organisations to make decisions. The lecture series “Religion and decision-making” of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politcs” and of the collaborative research centre “Cultures of Decision-Making” will deal with how Judaism, Christianity and Islam make decisions about religious issues and who is entitled to do so and in what manner.