Publications 2012

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© Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

In Old Testament research the literary character, the time and place as well as the intention of the so-called priestly passages of the Pentateuch are in discussion.

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© Ergon Verlag

Waqf in Colonial Zanzibar

In many premodern Islamic societies, religious endowments as for example the “waqf“ were a central element of socio-economic structure.

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© Verlag der Östereichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

Aspects of Napatan society

The Kushite cemetery of Sanam is the main focus of this publication of Angelika Lohwasser, which is the publication of her habilitation, submitted at the Free University Berlin in 2008 and awarded with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis of the German Research Foundation in 2009.

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© Mohr Siebeck

Religious and Secular Legitimation of State Norms

An edited volume from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” examines the relationship between religion and politics in modern philosophy and in systemic legal questions today.

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© Herder Verlag

Islam is Mercy: Essential Features of a Modern Religion

A modern reading of Islam, which systematically unfolds divine love and mercy as a theological concept beyond legalistic religion, lies at the heart of the recent publication by Mouhanad Khorchide, member of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Holy land and nearness to God

The quest for nearness to God is often connected with particular locations, the symbolic value of which usually by far exceeds the concrete reality. It is this dynamic that Vos explores in this slightly revised version of his habilitation thesis (Münster).

The cult of Iuppiter Dolichenus

The cult of Iuppiter Dolichenus, the local deity of the small town of Doliche in modern South-East Turkey, rapidly spread to large parts of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century CE. The papers compiled in this volume are written from an archaeological and historical perspective and examine a wide spectrum of questions, from the importance of the cult in the West, the means by which it spread and its status within the Roman army to the role of women in the cult.

© Ergon-Verlag

Confessional conflicts in Graubünden

Drawing on an extended body of historical sources from a bi‐confessional region plagued by long and intensive strife between Protestants and Roman Catholics, the study explores the relationship between the formation of confessional churches, religious practice, and conflict.

© Ergon Verlag

Irony in the Middle Ages

The book offers an interdisciplinary approach to a phenomenon which has been mostly neglected in learned studies concerned with the Middle Ages.

Contested Secularization

This edited volume subjects fundamental statements of the secularization theory to a historical review. Sociologists and historians collaborate in working out to what extent the image of an increasing differentiation of religion and politics applied to the last centuries needs to be revised.

Sacral art in Westphalia

The catalogue of an exhibition conducted by two museums in Muenster and a team of the cluster “Religion and Politics” combines the description of famous pieces of sacral art in Westphalia with essays which elucidate the religious background of their foundation.

Secular and Ecclesiastical Courts in the Old Eempire

Secular and ecclesiastical courts without clear jurisdictions determined the jurisdiction of the courts for centuries. Peter Oestmann looks at the old empire with its variety of imperial cities and territories and numerous confessions; thereby, he breaks down principles of common law into sectional fragments.