"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

“Religious policy in Germany lacks a concept”

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The general volume "Religionspolitik heute" brings together for the first time in this form positions and analyses on religious policy from the academic world, from politics, as well as from religious communities and other groups with a particular worldview, and provides an overview of the long-neglected political field of religious policy in Germany.

“Beyond East and West”

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Hellenistic Commagene is the subject of an international conference of the Asia Minor Research Centre and the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University from 29 November until 1 December 2018.

When the Syrians bathed like the Romans

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Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” have explored a rare bathing facility in southeastern Turkey from the time of the Roman Empire, and a magnificent basilica from Christian late antiquity. “Our excavations in the ancient town of Doliche clearly show how a town flourished across epochs and religions in what was then northern Syria”, says excavation director Engelbert Winter.

Roundtable Qur'anic Studies

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The conference “Understandings of the Qur`an – Muslim researchers in dialogue” will be held from 02.-04. November 2018 in Münster, organized by the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" and the Centre for Islamic Theology Münster.

Maxims in Islamic Law – Video of the series “Research Projects in Focus”

Since its formation, Islamic Law has changed to a much larger extent than often assumed – the “maxims” show this, says scholar of Islamic Studies Prof. Dr. Nobert Oberauer. In his research, he traces this legal phenomenon that has received only little attention so far. The first maxims were written by lawyers in the 10th century, entire maxim collections ensued: rules of thumb and mnemonic phrases on legal issues of all kinds. The innovative element: they systemised Islamic law as never encountered before. This ought to correct our image of the development of Islamic law, explains the academic in a new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus. The film gives insight into his research project “Maxims in Islamic Law” at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University. (dak/vvm)

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