News Archive 2012

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In Old Testament research the literary character, the time and place as well as the intention of the so-called priestly passages of the Pentateuch are in discussion.


Two Leibniz Awards for Münster

Double success in the Humanities and the Natural Sciences: not just one, but two of the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Awards are going to Münster University (WWU) for 2013.

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Waqf in Colonial Zanzibar

In many premodern Islamic societies, religious endowments as for example the “waqf“ were a central element of socio-economic structure.

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Aspects of Napatan society

The Kushite cemetery of Sanam is the main focus of this publication of Angelika Lohwasser, which is the publication of her habilitation, submitted at the Free University Berlin in 2008 and awarded with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis of the German Research Foundation in 2009.

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Islam is Mercy: Essential Features of a Modern Religion

A modern reading of Islam, which systematically unfolds divine love and mercy as a theological concept beyond legalistic religion, lies at the heart of the recent publication by Mouhanad Khorchide, member of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

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Religious and Secular Legitimation of State Norms

An edited volume from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” examines the relationship between religion and politics in modern philosophy and in systemic legal questions today.


Criminalizing male circumcision?

Bijan Fateh-Moghadam, a legal expert in the cross-section of criminal law, medicine and religion, comments on the Cologne Case on male circumcision and its likely political consequences in a Case Note for the German Law Journal.


“Religious policy favours churches over Islam”

The public lecture series on “Religious Plurality. A challenge for politics, religion and society” organised by the Cluster of Excellence and the new “Centre for Religion and the Modern Age” (CRM) will start on 9 October.


Religious Plurality

“Religious plurality” takes centre stage in the next lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and the Centre of Religion and the Modern Age. The series is open to the public.


Holy land and nearness to God

The quest for nearness to God is often connected with particular locations, the symbolic value of which usually by far exceeds the concrete reality. It is this dynamic that Vos explores in this slightly revised version of his habilitation thesis (Münster).


The cult of Iuppiter Dolichenus

The cult of Iuppiter Dolichenus, the local deity of the small town of Doliche in modern South-East Turkey, rapidly spread to large parts of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century CE. The papers compiled in this volume are written from an archaeological and historical perspective and examine a wide spectrum of questions, from the importance of the cult in the West, the means by which it spread and its status within the Roman army to the role of women in the cult.


Confessional conflicts in Graubünden

Drawing on an extended body of historical sources from a bi‐confessional region plagued by long and intensive strife between Protestants and Roman Catholics, the study explores the relationship between the formation of confessional churches, religious practice, and conflict.


Another Five Years for the Cluster of Excellence

The joint commission of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the German Council of Science and Humanities and the Federal and State Ministers of Science approved the renewal proposal of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” in Bonn today.

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Irony in the Middle Ages

The book offers an interdisciplinary approach to a phenomenon which has been mostly neglected in learned studies concerned with the Middle Ages.


Contested Secularization

This edited volume subjects fundamental statements of the secularization theory to a historical review. Sociologists and historians collaborate in working out to what extent the image of an increasing differentiation of religion and politics applied to the last centuries needs to be revised.


Natural History and the Arts

Natural History changed in a fundamental way around 1550. Knowledge of the European flora and fauna grew exponentially. New research methods, models of description, and classification systems were developed.

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Religion, Law, and Politics

“Religion, law and politics” takes centre stage in the next lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. The series is open to the public. Lectures will be held on Tuesdays at lecture theatre F2 of the Fürstenberghaus.


Sacral art in Westphalia

The catalogue of an exhibition conducted by two museums in Muenster and a team of the cluster “Religion and Politics” combines the description of famous pieces of sacral art in Westphalia with essays which elucidate the religious background of their foundation.

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Religion, Law, Politics

“Religion, law and politics” takes centre stage in the next lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. The series is open to the public. Lectures will be held on Tuesdays at lecture theatre F2 of the Fürstenberghaus.


Secular and Ecclesiastical Courts in the Old Eempire

Secular and ecclesiastical courts without clear jurisdictions determined the jurisdiction of the courts for centuries. Peter Oestmann looks at the old empire with its variety of imperial cities and territories and numerous confessions; thereby, he breaks down principles of common law into sectional fragments.