This volume investigates the great divide introduced by modernization theorists between the “rational,” “scientific,” or “modern,” on the one hand, and “irrational,” “ritual,” or “nonmodern,” on the other.
An anthology by ancient historians Prof. Dr. Hans Beck from McGill University, Montreal and Prof. Dr. Peter Funke from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” in Münster provides the first comprehensive reassessment of federalism in Greek antiquity. The world of ancient Greece witnessed some of the most sophisticated and varied experiments with federalism in the pre-modern era
In his new historical-critical commentary on the Book of Exodus protestant theologian Prof. Dr. Rainer Alberts presents a new model for explaining the formation of the Pentateuch. The commentary provides the reader with a detailed exegesis (about 700 pages) of a central part of that foundation chart (Torah, Pentateuch), by which ancient Israel intended to define its religious and ethnic identity after the loss of its own statehood in a new way.
In the history of procedural law, there are two major epochs: the one without monopoly on violence and since 1495 the one with monopoly on violence. The textbook shows where and in which historical contexts the direction was set.
Classical scholars discovered invaluable ancient Syrian mosaics and buildings and are excavating one of the few sites that are currently accessible for studies on ancient Roman Syria despite the tense situation in the Middle East.
Jews, Christians and Muslims stand in an old history of conversions when they change their religion today. The cluster’s upcoming lecture series “Conversion. Reversals of faith and life” starts on 20 October.
Religion and Biopolitics are at the center of an international conference at the Cluster of Excellence. Bio-political questions are important and there is profound moral-ethical disagreement about whether such technologies should be allowed or forbidden.
The new winter semester lecture series “Conversions. Turning points in faith and life” of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” will investigate conversions from Late Antiquity until the present day.
From different research perspectives of a number of various disciplines, the volume examines the interplay between tradition and criticism of tradition in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, an interplay that has significantly shaped the development of the three religions.
From antiquity up to the present day, religions have been repeatedly influencing one another and adopting traditions from each other. The public lecture series “Transfer between religions" deals with such processes of transfer, starting on 14 April.
In the summer semester 2015, the lecture series of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and Centre for Religious Studies (Centrum für religionsbezogene Studien, CRS) deals with the “Transfer between religions.