"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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“Küng's work is a database for the future”

Not only a critic of the pope and the church: the religious scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel pays tribute in an article to the work of the well-known Swiss theologian Hans Küng to mark his death on 6 April.

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Research project on radicalisation among Muslims acquired

Islamic theologian Mouhanad Khorchide and the sociologists of religion Detlef Pollack, Levent Tezcan, and Olaf Müller have been awarded 1.46 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to carry out a research project on the radicalization of Muslims. The project at the Cluster of Excellence will explore, for instance, the role that the formation of cultural affects of inferiority and resentment among Muslims plays in their radicalization.

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Lecture series “Empires, Identities and Belonging”

An interdisciplinary lecture series organized by the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster has examined the influence of imperial legacies on social, cultural and religious affiliations. All lectures of the series can be viewed here as videos mostly in German language.