"Religion and Politics" – Cluster of Excellence at the WWU Münster

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures” was founded in 2007 at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Some 200 academics from more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and from around 14 countries deal with the relationship of religion and politics across epochs and cultures. It is nationally the largest research association of its kind and of the 43 Clusters of Excellence in Germany, it is the only one to deal with religion. full story

“Love Displaces Violence”

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According to researchers, artists from ancient times to the present day have kept using the same symbols and metaphors to depict peace. “Dove or rainbow, kiss or embrace, peace banquet, horrors of war or the victory of love over violence – artistic depictions of peace have a long history," says art historian Prof. Dr. Eva-Bettina Krems from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

What role does religion play in modernisation?

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” is looking forward to welcoming two renowned Hans Blumenberg visiting professors in summer semester 2018: American sociologist and religious scholar Mark Juergensmeyer, who will present “Religion and War” in a public lecture series in Münster in June, and Iceland-born sociologist Jóhann Páll Árnason, who will give lectures, starting 8 May, on the role of religion in the process of modernisation.

“The Disambiguation of the World”

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Scholar of Arabic studies Prof. Dr Thomas Bauer of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has published an essay on the tendency of contemporary Western societies to simplify the world.

“Religion and Politics: The Magazine”

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” introduces the wealth of its research in a new format: “Religion and Politics: The Magazine” presents in richly illustrated reports, interviews, portraits, and essays the research and the researchers connected over the past few years to the interdisciplinary network of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU).

Religion, Politics and Literature in the Mamluk Sultanate – Episode of the video series “Research Projects in Focus”

Islamic texts from the Mamluk period (1250-1500) are often not yet explored: many literary works are only available as manuscripts and need to be tediously reconstructed. This rouses the exploratory spirit of the scholar of Islamic studies Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer. Together with his team of researchers, he edits the literary texts and analyses how they deal with the topic of religion and politics. He reports in a new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus that the political discourse in the Mamluk period hat far less to do with religion, as is often assumed, and much more with pragmatism. The film gives insight into his research project “Religion, Politics and Literature in the Mamluk Sultanate” at the Cluster of Excellence. (maz/vvm)

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