Contested Spaces, Common Ground

Space and Power Structures in Contemporary Multireligious Societies


Spaces are produced and shaped by discourses and, in turn, produce and shape discourses themselves. ‘Space’ is becoming a significant and complex concept for the encounter between people, cultures, religions, ideologies, politics, between histories and memories, the advantaged and the disadvantaged, the powerful and the weak. As a result, it provides a rich hermeneutical and methodological inventory for mapping interculturality and interreligiosity. This volume looks at space as a critical theory and epistemological tool within cultural studies that fosters the analysis of power structures and the deconstruction of representations of identities within our societies that are shaped by power.

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Ulrich Winkler is Extraordinary Professor of Systematic Theology and Co-Director of the Centre for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at Salzburg University, Austria.

Lidia Rodríguez Fernández, is biblical lecturer at the University of Deusto (Bilbao and Donostia) in Spain. She has published several articles on religious diversity and secularization in the Basque Country.

Oddbjørn Leirvik is Professor of Interreligious Studies at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo, Norway.


Part I - Approaching the Topos

Chapter 1. In Search of Pastoral Power: Religious Confrontations with Thirdspace - Hans-Joachim Sander
Chapter 2. Texts as Places of Sacred Meeting: Towards an Ethic for Comparative and Interreligious Readings and Transgressions - Paul Hedges
Chapter 3. Interreligious Studies: A New Academic Discipline? - Oddbjørn Leirvik
Chapter 4. Religious Identities in Third Space: The Location of Comparative Theology - Ulrich Winkler

Part II - Changing Spaces

Chapter 5. The Maps and Tours of Theological Knowledge: Reading Melchior Cano’s De Locis Theologicis after the Spatial Turn - Judith Gruber
Chapter 6. Sacred Time as Sacred Space: The Spaces of Memory and Anticipation in Christianity and Judaism - Emma O’Donnell
Chapter 7. Metaphors We Dialogue By: Spatial Metaphors in the Common Word Dialogue Process - Vebjørn L.Horsfjord
Chapter 8. Hagia Sophia and the Third Space. An Enquiry into the Discursive Construction of Religious Sites - Sigrid Rettenbacher
Chapter 9. Reform in a Muslim Context: Contested Interpretations Through Time and Space - Yaser Ellethy
Chapter 10. The Location of Religion in Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball: Common Ground Prior to ‘Religious’ and ‘Secular’? - Henry Jansen

Part III - Theological Transgression: Facing the Other in Migration and Gender

Chapter 11. Christian Migrants and the Theology of Space and Place - Mechteld Jansen
Chapter 12. Transreligious Critical Hermeneutics and Gender Studies: Contested Gendered Spaces - Anne Hege Grung
Chapter 13. Claiming Space for Women: Women Reading Scripture in Critical Dialogue - Gé Speelman

Part IV - Islam in Spain

Chapter 14. The Reconquista Reversed? Muslim Presence in Contemporary Spain - John Chesworth
Chapter 15. Blazing Light and Perfect Death: The Martyrs of Córdoba and the Growth of Polemical Holiness - Aaron T. Hollander
Chapter 16. From Acceptance to Religious Freedom: Considerations for Convivencia in Medieval Spain and Multireligious Coexistence Today - Mariano Delgado

Part V - The Basque Country: Sharing Space as a Minority Religion

Chapter 17. Religious Minorities and Access to Public Space in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and in Navarre: The Perspective of Religious Minorities - Lidia Rodríguez Fernández and Luzio Uriarte Ganzález
Chapter 18. Contested Spaces and Religious Minorities: The Basque Experience and the Swiss Pyrenees - Eduardo J Ruiz Vieytez
Chapter 19. Scenarios of Interreligious Dialogue in the Basque Country - José Luis Villacorta Núñez

Part VI - Space and Eastern Religion

Chapter 20. The Secular and the Sacred as Contested Spaces? A Cross-Cultural Hermeneutical Investigation into Western and Chinese Perspectives - André van der Braak
Chapter 21. A Style for Better Understanding: A Buddhist-Christian Approach to ‘Truly Beautiful Spaces’ - Sybille Fritsch-Oppermann
Chapter 22. Time and History in Buddhist-Christian Relations - John D’Arcy May

Part VII - Europe and the City

Chapter 23. Europe as a Contested Space and European Cities as Shifting Symbols of Europe throughout History: Historical Changes in the Spatial Orientation of Europe and its Images of ‘Europeanness’ - Lourens Minnema
Chapter 24. The Festival as Heterotopia in the City as Shared Religious Space - Jaco Beyers
Chapter 25. Between Fear, Freedom, and Control: Islam and the Construction of a Modern European Identity - Lucien van Liere

Index of Subjects
Index of Names
Contributors to this Volume
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