News Archive 2013

Legal Aspects of Islamic Financial Instruments

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In his book Osman Sacercelik lays attention on “Sukuk”, a securitised capital markets instrument in the field of Islamic Finance which is also gaining attention in Europe.

Religious Arbitration in Common Law Countries

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In the first German study on the topic, Franziska Hötte illustrates the factual and legal position of religious arbitration in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Political Ethics in German Protestantism

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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.

The Catholic Church and Violence

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Silke Hensel provides a study on different groups in the Catholic Church in Europe and Latin America and their delegitimization or legitimization of violence.

“Many have mystic experiences”

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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.

More than 600 Ancient Seals and Amulets Found

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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.

Researchers Discover Musical History Treasure

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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.

“Rituals are everywhere”

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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 Fascination with Holy Places

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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.

“Arab world does not want a state without religion”

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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.

From Assyrian Inscriptions to Asian Popular Culture

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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.

“Eco Islam is in Fashion”

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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.

Holy Places

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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”.

32nd German Oriental Studies Conference in Münster

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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.

“Syria’s cultural heritage is under threat”

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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.

“Resolving Misconceptions about the Orient”

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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.

Persecution for God’s Sake

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The new public lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMF) will deal with the persecution of heretics.

Confessional Ambiguity in the Early Modern Period

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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.

Churchliness and Religiosity in Central and Eastern Europe

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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).

Persecution for God’s Sake

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The new public lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMF) will deal with the persecution of heretics.

Popes and Violence in the High Middle Ages

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The title of this book uses a quotation of Bishop Bonizo of Sutri who saw those who executed violence on behalf of the church equal to people who suffered violence for righteousness.

“Losing Heaven”

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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”.