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Graduate School “Regional Regulation of Religious Plurality in Comparison” (RePliV)

For pluralistic societies, peaceful coexistence between members of different religious communities and non-religious people is a fundamental challenge. But how could such a peaceful existence be possible? What sort of consequences does increasing religious diversity bring about? Moreover, how do politics, the economy, media and civil society influence the processes of religious pluralism? And how do religions regulate themselves within a pluralistic environment? more...

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Project “The Transmission of Religion Across Generations: A Comparative International Study of Continuities and Discontinuities in Family Socialization”

Empirical findings show that institutional religiosity and religious practice have been steadily declining in most European countries (and more recently in the US and Canada, too) since the 1960s. While there is a large body of evidence to suggest that the decline in church religiosity is due mainly to intergenerational change (with one gene-ration being less religious than the previous), there is also a general lack of detailed knowledge about how this change actually happens. more...

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Project “The legions of the pope: A case study of social and political transformation”

“How many legions does the pope have?” Magnified by the media, flows of pilgrims to Rome and to the pope himself on pilgrimage create the sociological basis for the political resurgence of the Holy See. Entitled “The legions of the pope”, the interdisciplinary DFG project in the political sciences uses papal pilgrims and pilgrim popes in its case study to analyze transnational constructions of identity and political agency in the transformations of (post)secular modernity. more...

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Project “RaMi – From the margins to the centre: right-wing populist interpretations of (radical) Islam as a societal challenge in Europe and beyond”

The research focuses on the interplay between the rise of right-wing populist movements and the topic of Islam as radical, and subsequently addresses the effects of the nexus-radical Islam and right-wing populist movements on Western liberal democracy. more...