"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

New Blumenberg Lectures Book Series

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The first volume of the new book series “Blumenberg-Vorlesungen” (Blumenberg lectures) of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has now been published by Herder Verlag. The historian and first Hans Blumenberg Visiting professor, Prof. Dr. Lucian Hölscher writes about Protestant piety in Germany between the Reformation and the secular society in the volume.

How Liturgy Shaped Historiography

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Early Medieval Historian of Rus and Byzantium Dr. Sean Griffin, from the University of California in Los Angeles, does research on Byzantine liturgy at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. During his stay in Münster, the visiting concentrates on studying the role of liturgy in the development of the oldest extant East Slavic chronicle: the Primary Chronicle from the 12th century.

“Majority of Arab populations is critical of EU”

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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.