All news at a glance – news archive of the Cluster of Excellence

Research results, workshops, conferences, lectures, cultural projects and current research-based statements: you can find all news published online by the Cluster in chronological order here. In addition, information sent to the national and international media is provided in the press releases section.

“Revising the image of Islamic law”

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With the study of “maxims” in Islamic law, a genre of legal formulas that has so far barely received any attention, scholars are shedding new light on Islamic legal history. “However, our studies of these concise textual formulas show a surprising innovation in history: from the 10th century onward, scholars systematised the abundance of legal knowledge by means of the maxims to a far greater extent than before”, according to the scholar of Islamic studies Prof. Dr. Norbert Oberauer of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

“The Construction of Time in Antiquity”

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Time has always held a fascination for human beings, who have attempted to relate to it and to make sense of it, constructing and deconstructing it through its various prisms, since time cannot be experienced in an unmediated way.

When People Hear Voices from Beyond

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Not just material for fantasy films: according to research findings, people have been concerned with “voices from the beyond” since antiquity until today in various works of art as well as life contexts. In a novel research project, researchers from various subjects at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” analysed the medium of the “voice” in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions.

Interreligious Theology internationally discussed

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The new theories of religious diversity of the scholar of religious studies Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” attract interest from researchers in China. The Minzu University of China in Beijing has invited the scholar to present his fractal interpretation of religious diversity and to discuss it together with Chinese scholars.

Chinese Translation of „Transformation by Integration“

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The monograph “Transformation by Integration” by the scholar of religious studies and theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has been published in Chinese translation by the Religious Culture Publishing House, Beijing.

Burqa Bans in European Democracies

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Political scientist Dr. Ulrike Spohn spoke on burqa bans and their rationales. In a working paper published on the website of WWU’s Centre for Religion and Modernity (Centrum für Religion und Moderne, CRM), she discusses the problematic nature of legal burqa bans in the context of European democracies.

Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” makes it to the next stage

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The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has invited the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” to submit a full proposal for a new funding period starting in 2019. The speaker of the Cluster of Excellence, sociologist of religion Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack, stated: “We are pleased that we may elaborate the new research programme that we have developed in our draft proposal under the title ‘Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation’.”

Dialogues on Peace 2017

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The city of Münster has now presented the programme of this year's “Dialogues on Peace” (Dialoge zum Frieden).
In the Reformation Year 2017, the series draws on the historical episode of the Anabaptists and deals with the causes of religiously motivated violence. Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the Cluster of Excellence Prof. Dr. Thomas Hauschild will discuss the subject “Identity. Fundamentalism. Violence – the radicalisation of religious movements” on 5 October.

“Religious politics neglected”

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In the radio programme “Tag für Tag” (Day by Day) of Deutschlandfunk, scholar of religious studies Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems talked about the relevance of religious political topics in the Bundestag elections campaigns. The scholar from the Cluster of Excellence argued that in recent years, the parties markedly neglected religious political issues.

Religious Transformation in Late Antiquity

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The expropriation and destruction of synagogues in late antiquity are in the focus of an international workshop of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” from 14 to 17 September, organized by historian Prof. Dr. Johannes Hahn.

New psychological research

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The field of psychology will broaden social science research at the Cluster “Religion and Politics” of the WWU. Two new research projects of psychologist Prof. Dr. Mitja Back of the WWU examine the influences of religion on the attitude towards foreigners and refugees.

Fellowship for byzantinist Michael Grünbart

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In the summer semester of 2017, byzantinist Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the WWU has conducted research as a fellow at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe” (IKGF) at the University Erlangen

„Visual and Material in Jewish Culture“

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The significance of images in Jewish culture in medieval and early modern times is the subject of an international workshop of the Institute for Jewish Studies and the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University.

“This trialogue is a novelty”

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Researchers from all over the world will come together in Münster next week for the first theological trialogue ever between Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. At the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the Münster University, they will compare the central beliefs of the three world religions and discuss their significance for society, as announced by Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence, scholar of religious studies and Anglican theology.

“Buddhism is not a pop religion”

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The scholar of religious studies and Anglican theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence presents a comprehensive introduction to the history and the present of Buddhism. Therein, he refutes numerous Western clichés about Buddhism and rectifies the image of a religion as a “as a psychology of wisdom”.