"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 and Legal Plurality – A new episode of the video series “Research Projects in Focus“

Religion and law are defining forces in every society. Legal scholar Prof. Dr. Fabian Wittreck is fascinated by how they meet sometimes with elemental force and lead to conflicts, especially in societies with many different religions. The academic analyses how the public welfare and the individual freedom of conscience may be reconciled. He reports in a new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus why the pluralisation of law perhaps benefits the powerful in particular. The film gives insight into his research project “Religious and Legal Plurality” at the Cluster of Excellence.

More than 1,000 Ancient Sealings Discovered

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Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster discovered a large number of sealings in south-east Turkey. This group of artefacts comprising more than 1,000 pieces from the municipal archive of the ancient city of Doliche gives many insights into the local Graeco-Roman pantheon – from Zeus to Hera to Iuppiter Dolichenus, who turned into one of the most important Roman deities from this site.

When People Hear Voices from Beyond

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Not just material for fantasy films: according to research findings, people have been concerned with “voices from the beyond” since antiquity until today in various works of art as well as life contexts. In a novel research project, researchers from various subjects at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” analysed the medium of the “voice” in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions.

“The Construction of Time in Antiquity”

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Time has always held a fascination for human beings, who have attempted to relate to it and to make sense of it, constructing and deconstructing it through its various prisms, since time cannot be experienced in an unmediated way.

The Monograph “Culture of Ambiguity” in Arabic

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The widely acclaimed monograph “The Culture of Ambiguity” by the Arabist and Leibniz prize winner Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer of the Excellence Cluster “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster has been recently translated into Arabic.