"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

“Half of the people of Turkish origin do not feel recognised”

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The Cluster of Excellence has undertaken one of the as yet most comprehensive surveys among people of Turkish origin in Germany about integration and religion: 90 per cent of respondents enjoy living in the country, but more than half of them do not feel they are socially recognised. This is associated with a partially vehement defence of Islam, said the sociologist of religion Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack.

New visiting professorship for religion and politics

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The internationally renowned Bochum historian Prof. Dr. Lucian Hölscher is the first holder of the newly set up “Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professorship” at the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

„(Un)-Believing in Modern Society“

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This recently translated study in the sociology of religion sheds new light on the question of what has happened to religion and spirituality since the 1960s in modern societies.

New Visiting Professorship for Religion and Politics

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has newly set up the “Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professorship for Religion and Politics”. The first visiting professor is the renowned Bochum historian Prof. Dr. Lucian Hölscher, who will be at the research institution in the summer semester of 2016.