Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. Volume 10 (2019)

Interreligious Dialogue. From Religion to Geopolitics


Interreligious Dialogue: From Religion to Geopolitics discusses how interreligious dialogue takes place within, and is influenced by, important sociological categories and theories, such as modernity, secularization, deprivatization, social movements, and pluralism. Starting from the study of interreligious coexistence, sacred spaces, and multi-religious rituals, the book explores the patterns of interreligious governance and politics and forms of interreligious social action in European, North American, and West and South Asian contexts. The contributors to this volume apply broader theories of organizational change and planning, communication, urban neighborhood and community studies, functionalist perspectives, and symbolic interactionism, thus presenting a wide range of possibilities for sociological engagement with studies on interreligious dialogue.

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Giuseppe Giordan, Ph.D. (2002), is Professor of Sociology at the University of Padova. He is 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, and religions and human rights.

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).

Contributors are: Ammar Amonette, Avi Astor, Elisabeth Becker, Michael S. Bos, Marian Burchardt, Emanuela C. Del Re, Oleg Dik, Kaitlyn Eeckhoff, Samuel Sami Everett, Alberto García, Giuseppe Giordan, Volker Gottowik, Mar Griera, Catherine Holtmann, Izak Y. M. Lattu, Andrew P. Lynch, Gwendoline Malogne-Fer, Adriana Michilli, Arpita Mitra, Tanner Morrison, Alexander-Kenneth Nagel, Marianna Napolitano, Marianna Pavan, William L. Sachs, Elena G. van Stee, Roman R. Williams, Tom Wilson, Siniša Zrinščak
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Introduction: Interreligious Dialogue: From Religion to Geopolitics
Giuseppe Giordan and Andrew P. Lynch

Part 1: Interreligious Coexistence, Sacred Spaces and Multi-Religious Rituals

1 European Identities, Heritage, and the Iconic Power of Multi-Religious Buildings: Cordoba’s Mosque Cathedral and Berlin’s House of One
Mar Griera, Marian Burchardt and Avi Astor
2 Struggling to Establish Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in a Paris Synagogue after the 2015 Attacks
Samuel Sami Everett
3 The Lingsar Festival on Lombok, Indonesia: Cooperation and Contestation at a Shared Sacred Site
Volker Gottowik
4 Beyond Interreligious Dialogue: Oral-Based Interreligious Engagements in Indonesia
Izak Y.M. Lattu
5 Geopolitics and Interreligious Dialogue: A Phenomenological Turn in Transnational Churches
Tanner Morrison

Part 2: Interreligious Governance and Politics

6 Enacting Diversity: Boundary Work and Performative Dynamics in Interreligious Activities
Alexander-Kenneth Nagel
7 Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding: A Case Study on Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Post-conflict Educational System
Giuseppe Giordan, Adriana Michilli and Siniša Zrinščak
8 Municipal Interreligious Dialogue in Bordeaux: Between the “Politics of Diversity” and a Catholicentric Laïcité
Gwendoline Malogne-Fer
9 Minorities and Interreligious Dialogue: From Silent Witnesses to Agents of Change
Emanuela C. Del Re
10 Interreligious and Interfaith Dialogue in Post-Soviet Russia: Debates about Secularism and Post-secularism
Marianna Napolitano

Part 3: Interreligious Action and Social Context

11 Commitment without Borders: Jewish-Muslim Relations and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Habitus in Berlin
Elisabeth Becker
12 Conversion Dialogue and Resilient Pluralism
Oleg Dik
13 More than Tea and Samosas: Dialogue for Action in Leicester
Tom Wilson
14 Through One Another’s Lenses: Photovoice and Interfaith Dialogue
Roman R. Williams, William L. Sachs, Catherine Holtmann, Elena G. van Stee, Kaitlyn Eekhoff, Michael Bos and Ammar Amonette
15 Interreligious Education in a Post-secular World: The Relevance of the Radhakrishnan Commission’s Recommendations in the Indian Context
Arpita Mitra
16 The Cube of Love Experience at School: Fostering Peaceful Societies Through a Pedagogy of Dialogue
Marianna Pavan and Alberto García

All interested in the study of interreligious dialogue from a socioreligious and sociopolitical perspectives, and anyone concerned with the modern history of interreligious dialogue in Europe, North America, and West and South Asia.
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