"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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- Althoff, Gerd: Rules and Rituals in Medieval Power Games. A German Perspective (Medieval Law and Its Practice, vol. 29), Leiden et al.: Brill 2020.
- Jansen, Nils: Recht und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung. Fünf Studien zur Genese des Rechts und seiner Wissenschaft, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2019.
- Knitter, Paul / Race, Alan (eds.): New Paths for Interreligious Theology: Perry Schmidt-Leukel's Fractal Interpretation of Religious Diversity, Maryknoll: Orbis Books 2019.
- Árnason, Jóhann Páll: Weltliche Autonomie und Religion in der Konstitution der Moderne (Blumenberg-Vorlesungen, Bd. 3), Freiburg i. Br.: Herder Verlag 2019.
- Juergensmeyer, Mark: Krieg und Religion. Erkundungen einer ambivalenten Verbindung (Blumenberg-Vorlesungen, Bd. 4), Freiburg i. Br.: Herder Verlag 2019.
The University of Münster will establish an internationally unique “Campus of Religions”. From 2023, it will bring together Protestant, Catholic, Christian Orthodox and Islamic theology as well as University institutions of non-denominational studies of religion, promoting interdisciplinary academic exchange.