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

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” has been investigating since 2007 the complex relationship between religion and politics across eras and cultures. In the funding phase from 2019 to 2025, the 140 researchers from 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences analyze in transepochal studies ranging from antiquity to the present day the factors that make religion the motor of political and social change. The research network is the largest of its kind in Germany; and, of the Clusters of Excellence, one of the oldest and the only one to deal with the issue of religion. full story

“Rules and Rituals”

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Gerd Althoff's new book collects fifteen of his more recent contributions, which elucidate the functioning of prestate societies. It examines how rules and political rituals governed behavior in the medieval power games between kings, churchmen and nobles.

When law freed itself from religion and politics

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Münster legal historian Nils Jansen from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has presented the first comprehensive overview of the historical process by which law became an autonomous system in society, independent of religion, politics and science.

“New Paths for Interreligious Theology”

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In “New Paths for Interreligious Theology” eleven scholars from five countries discuss Perry Schmidt-Leukel’s theory that religious diversity displays fractal structures.

How religion is transmitted in families

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Sociologists from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” are carrying out a study in Europe and Canada to determine how and why religion is transmitted to the next generation in some families and not in others.

Interreligious Theology – Video of the series “Research Projects in Focus”

No world peace without peace between religions: Scholar of Religious Studies and theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel examines what the great world religions think of each other and how they explain that there are more religious traditions other than their own. Never before has mankind been more aware of how many religions there are than today. This harbours a great potential for conflicts, says the scholar of religious studies in a new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus. If the religions and theologies manage, however, to come closer together, this has great potential for peace. The film gives insight into his research project “Interreligious Theology” at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University. (maz/vvm)

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Research Transfer

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Newsletter May 2019