The Protestant theologian and social ethicist, Prof. Arnulf von Scheliha of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics“ has provided the first comprehensive description in sixty years of political ethics in German Protestantism, from the Reformation to the present.
According to researchers, the centuries-old phenomenon of mysticism still today appears in the lives of many people. A conference at the Cluster of Excellence looks into the rediscovery of mysticism and its roots since Antiquity.
Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence made an unusually large find of seals in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. They discovered more than 600 stamp seals and cylinder seals at the sacred site of the god Jupiter Dolichenus.
At the Cluster of Excellence, a forgotten treasure of musical history is being discovered: researchers gather and examine oratorios of the 19th and 20th centuries. In contrast to their sister genre, opera, these have still often barely been studied.
A new textbook by historian Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, co-ordinator of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Religion and Politics’, provides an overview of the many different ritual phenomena throughout history.
The lecture series “Holy Places” of the Cluster of Excellence and the Centre for the History and Culture of the Eastern Mediterranean of the University of Münster looks into the origins, transfigurations and functions of religious sites.
The book is the first to give a comprehensive account of the history of the interpretation of upright posture. It shows that upright posture (i) has been extensively considered in philosophical anthropology from antiquity to today; and that it (ii) has never been seen as a solely anatomical fact, but has been widely used as a vehicle of human self-interpretation.
According to Islamic scholar Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer, a consistent separation of religion and state cannot currently be established in Arab countries – de facto, however, secularisation already exists in many instances.
Despite fractional openings in North Korea, there is little chance of any improvement in the “catastrophic human rights situation” under the head of state, Kim Jong-un, says Koreanist Dr. Sang-Yi O-Rauch.
More than 1,000 researchers are expected at the largest German Oriental Studies Conference. In 900 lectures and 80 panels, research results about politics and cultures in Asia, Africa and the Arab regions will be presented.
Muslims in Western countries are increasingly committed to protecting the environment, says Islamic studies scholar Monika Zbidi who will present her research findings at the German Oriental Studies Conference in Münster in September.
In the coming winter semester, the public lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and the Centre for the History and Culture of the Eastern Mediterranean of the University of Münster will deal with “Holy Places”.
More than 1,000 Oriental scholars from home and abroad are expected to participate in the largest German Oriental Studies Conference in Münster. Scholars will present recent research results about cultures in Asia, Africa and Arab regions.
Scholars like Ancient Near Eastern Studies Scholar Prof. Dr. Hans Neumann from the committee of the 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference are warning of the destruction and looting of cultural goods, thousands of years old, as a result of the civil war in Syria.
The Arab revolutions have not yet been lost, despite setbacks in Egypt and Tunisia, says Islamic studies scholar Dr. Jörn Thielmann, section head at the 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference at the University of Münster.
More than 1,000 Oriental scholars from home and abroad are expected to participate in the largest German Oriental Studies Conference (Deutscher Orientalistentag, DOT), which will be held in mid-September at the University of Münster.
In this volume, renowned social and cultural scientists, historians and philosophers present different approaches to an analytical understanding of modernity and the role of religion in modern societies.
The historians Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger and Andreas Pietsch of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Religion and Politics’ have edited a new book on ‘Confessional Ambiguity’. The volume, which is published in the series ‘Schriften zur Reformationsgeschichte [Studies on the History of the Reformation]’ examines confessional ambiguity in the early modern period.
The book explores the recent state and development of churchliness and religiosity from three perspectives (decline, individualization, and (re)vitalitazion) and according to three theoretical approaches (secularization theory, individualization thesis, and supply-side model of religious competition).
The first synopsis of faith in Germany since 1945, undertaken by contemporary historian Prof. Dr. Thomas Großbölting from Münster University’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, was published under the title of “Losing Heaven”.