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Ammar Amonette

is a Muslim theologian and a graduate of the Graduate Institute for Imams-Makkah and of Umm al Qura University (Saudi Arabia). He serves as imam of the Islamic Center of Virginia, usa.

Avi Astor

is a researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (isor – Sociology of Religion). He has written on several topics related to religion, culture, and Islam in Spain. His recent book is entitled, Rebuilding Islam in Contemporary Spain: The Politics of Mosque Establishment, 1976–2013 (Sussex Academic Press, 2017).

Elisabeth Becker

is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Religion & Its Publics project at the University of Virginia. She received her PhD in Sociology from Yale University in 2018. While at uva, she will complete her first academic book, Unsettled Islam: Virtuous Contention in European Mosques.

Michael Bos

D.Min., is a pastor, author, and interfaith proponent. He helped to establish the Al Amana Centre in Muscat, Oman, for promoting dialogue and understanding between Christians and Muslims worldwide. He currently serves as senior minister of Marble Church in New York City.

Marian Burchardt

is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Leipzig. His research explores how power, diversity and subjectivity play out in public space. He is the author of Faith in the Times of aids (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and co-editor of Topographies of Faith: Religion in Urban Spaces (Brill, 2013) and Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes (Duke, 2019).

Emanuela C. Del Re

is an expert in Conflict studies, Geopolitics, Religious Phenomena, Migrations and Refugees. She is Professor of Political Sociology (Uninettuno, Roma), and a specialist in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa. She has conducted fieldwork in conflict areas since 1991 and is the Founder of epos Intl. Negotiation Agency. She is the National Coordinator of the Sociology of Religion Section of the Italian Sociological Association.

Oleg Dik

received his PhD in Religious Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin in 2015. Since then he has been lecturing in the Sociology of Religion at Humboldt University and is currently Professor for Urban Theology and Sociology at Tabor Protestant University.

Kaitlyn Eeckhoff

holds degrees in sociology, philosophy, and mathematics from Calvin College. She graduated with Honours in 2018 and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics.

Samuel Sami Everett

who goes by “Sami,” researches at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions et Laïcités cnrs-ephe, Paris. He focuses on Parisian Jewish identification with North Africa and how this relates to Jewish-Muslim interactions.

Alberto García

is the Director of the unesco Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights (Rome, Italy). Doctor in Law at Complutense University in Madrid. Full Professor at the School of Bioethics of Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum and honoured with the National Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in legal and social sciences.

Giuseppe Giordan

PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Padova (Italy). He is Coordinator of the International joint PhD programme on Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance, and Co-editor of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (Brill). His sociological research focuses on the interaction between religion and spirituality, religious and cultural pluralism, religions and human rights.

Volker Gottowik

is Associate Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Frankfurt University, Germany. He has conducted ethnographic research in Indonesia (Java, Bali, Lombok), Ethiopia and Ghana. Currently he is working on a research project on “Heterodoxy and Islam in Java.” For further details, please visit

Mar Griera

is an Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She studies religious diversity and public space, interreligious relations, and the role of religion in public institutions. She has recently co-edited a special issue on “Interreligious relations and governance of religion in Europe” (with A. Nagel) for Social Compass.

Catherine Holtmann

Ph.D., directs the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research and is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick. She has conducted research with Christian and Muslim immigrant women from thirty countries who settled in the Canadian Maritimes.

Izak Y.M. Lattu

earned a PhD (2015) from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, in Interdisciplinary Study of Religion under a Fulbright Scholarship and Dissertation Writing Scholarship from Harvard University. He teaches interreligious engagement for MA/PhD Programs in the Sociology of Religion, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, and crcs-ugm, Indonesia.

Andrew P. Lynch

holds an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland, and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He is co-author (with Craig Browne) of Taylor and Politics: A Critical Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

Gwendoline Malogne-Fer

is a sociologist, and a researcher associated with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (ens/ehess/cnrs). She conducts research at the intersection of the Sociology of Religion, the anthropology of migration and gender studies. In 2017, she edited with Y. Fer a volume entitled Protestantisme à Paris: Diversité et recompositions contemporaines.

Adriana Michilli

is a PhD Fellow at International Joint PhD Programme on Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova studying “Restorative Justice in Post-Conflict Societies: An Analysis of Croatia & Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Her research interests include: access to justice in transitional societies, redress for victims of gross human rights violations, and democratic reforms in the Western Balkan context.

Arpita Mitra

has a doctorate in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2015–2017), where she wrote a monograph, critically re-visiting the issue of Swami Vivekananda’s “Neo-Vedanta.” She is presently an independent researcher based in New Delhi.

Tanner Morrison

is a PhD Candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tanner works mainly on the sociology of evangelical church-planting. Specifically, Tanner studies how one church influences another and the extent to which the secondary congregation retains its agency and autonomy during the church-planting process.

Alexander-Kenneth Nagel

is full Professor for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at Göttingen University. His research interests include religion and migration, religious pluralization, and interreligious encounter and faith-based welfare production. He has published extensively on the nexus of interreligious activism and integration politics in Germany.

Marianna Napolitano

is a PhD student at the John xxiii Foundation for Religious Studies in cotutelle programme with the Russian State University for the Humanities, and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her PhD project examines the external relations of the Russian Orthodox Church in the contemporary age.

Marianna Pavan

is a researcher at the unesco Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Rome, Italy. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh and holds a MSc in Human Rights from the lse in London, UK. Her main research interests are interreligious dialogue, migration, and human rights.

William L. Sachs

Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest, author, and interfaith advocate based in Richmond, Virginia (usa). As Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation he developed educational programs on understanding and engaging constructively among faith communities. He has served five parishes in Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago.

Elena G. van Stee

is an Honors student at Calvin College pursuing degrees in Sociology and religion. Her undergraduate thesis explores the meanings and experiences associated with wearing the hijab in the contemporary United States. She will begin a Ph.D. program in Sociology in the fall of 2019.

Roman R. Williams

Ph.D., is a visual sociologist who studies religion in everyday life. He is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Calvin College and directs the Interfaith Photovoice Initiative. He is executive officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Tom Wilson

Revd Dr, is Director of the St Philips Centre, an interfaith training organisation based in Leicester, UK. His PhD examined the experience of Muslim children in a Church of England Primary School, and his MLitt the rhetorical strategy of 1 John. He is co-author (with Riaz Ravat) of Learning to Live Well Together (jkp, 2017).

Siniša Zrinščak

is Professor of Sociology at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law. His main scientific interests include religious changes in post-communism, Church-State relations, European social policy, and gender. He has been involved in several mainly international scientific projects and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Volume 10: Interreligious Dialogue

From Religion to Geopolitics


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