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

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” has been investigating since 2007 the complex relationship between religion and politics across eras and cultures. In the funding phase from 2019 to 2025, the 140 researchers from 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences analyze in transepochal studies ranging from antiquity to the present day the factors that make religion the motor of political and social change. The research network is the largest of its kind in Germany; and, of the Clusters of Excellence, one of the oldest and the only one to deal with the issue of religion. full story

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Alliance of church and state in Russia

Sociologist of religion Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack spoke about the influence of Patriarch Cyril I and the Russian Orthodox Church on politics and society in Russia in the ARD programme “MONITOR studioM”.

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A moral right to stay

The philosopher Dr. Matthias Hoesch from the Cluster of Excellence dealt with immigration as an answer to demographic change and the shortage of skilled workers in his guest article in the university newspaper "wissen|leben".

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In the Quran, men and women are equal

The Quran shows a far more equal picture of women and men than traditional interpretations might suggest. Islamic theologian Prof. Dr. Dina El Omari from the Cluster of Excellence presents the first comprehensive feminist exegesis of the Quran. She reads the Quran in the context of its time, thereby yielding a contemporary understanding of the text and image of women.