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Religion inspires and hinders positive change. It fuels wars and inspires peace. It divides and it unites. ‘Religion’ can be many things, sometimes all at once. The twenty-first century cannot be adequately understood, particularly from a social science perspective, if religion is simplified, or caricatured, or explained away as one compartmentalised aspect of an individual’s private life. From secular-religious tensions in the West to the influence of faith-based organisations in the developing world and how technological advances are re-making religious identities across borders, we are determined to provide an intelligent yet accessible platform for the public understanding of religion.

Strengthening Religious Cooperation in Global London

A one-year KEI project funded by LSE.

This project worked with grassroots faith communities and city-wide interfaith networks to investigate how and why interfaith initiatives succeed and fail. Our focus was on difficult engagement with sections of faith communities who tend to be wary of, or hostile to, interfaith dialogue.

To respond to the ongoing COVID—19 pandemic we adapted this project with a greater focus on a) online spaces of religious community and worship and b) challenged notions of authority and legitimacy between the state and religious communities.

Through this research we investigated the tensions involved in promoting interfaith cooperation in London and the positive outcomes of such dialogue for the city’s social and community cohesion.

The report can be accessed here.

A recording of our launch event can be accessed here.

Global Religious Pluralities

Working in partnership with three LSE academic departments and centres (LSE AnthropologyLSE Women Peace and SecurityLSE Middle East Centre) the project will focus on three research strands: Creating Plural SpacesWomen of Faith and Peacebuilding and Climate Change and Interfaith Relations. These insights will be adapted and developed into a range of online resources, education programmes, conferences and workshops for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

It is our aim that this nexus between research and practice will make a significant contribution to the social scientific understanding of religion and its applications across multiple fields and disciplines.

 

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