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21Nov

Call for papers: Political Secularism and Religious Difference in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

Call for papers: ECPR Joint Sessions, Nottingham, 25-30 April, 2017 (deadline: 1 December 2016)

WORKSHOP TITLE: Political Secularism and Religious Difference in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

KEYWORDS: Citizenship, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Identity, Islam, Christianity, Religion

Workshop Director

Jeffrey Haynes 
London Metropolitan University 

Workshop Co-Director

Erin Wilson 
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 


Abstract

It was long assumed that one of the main outcomes of a secular political order in plural societies was to encourage both emancipation and political equality for religious minorities. These assumptions are now strongly challenged by recent events in two neighbouring regions. First, in recent years, coinciding with but not necessarily caused by the post-2010 'Arab Spring', violence against Christians and other religious minorities has grown in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Some scholars have sought to explain this as either a continuation or re-emergence of deep-rooted primordial conflicts or to Islam's supposed 'inherent intolerance'. In the MENA, political secularism was imposed from outside by Western colonial rule. Over the last few decades of independence mainly unelected rulers have sought to impose and perpetuate their rule via processes of political secularisation whose ultimate aim was to divide and rule the various religious groups in their polities. Second, recent and current events in Europe point to growing polarisation in many countries between the non-Muslim majority and Muslim minorities; and, often, growing intolerance and declining ability to live together seems to be the outcome in several European countries. In Europe, the overall result is that while religious equality, including between Muslims and non-Muslims, is a cornerstone of the region's democratic foundations and constitutional arrangements, equality between religious groups is rapidly being whittled away. The purpose of the workshop is to compare and contrast the impact of political secular regimes in the countries of both the MENA and Europe. The aim is to understand the impact of political secularism in both regions, as a key component of inter-religious and cultural discord and contention.

18Nov

Politics and Religion Journal: Special issue on 'Religion and Politics in Europe"

21Apr

Politics and Religion Journal, special issue on "Religion and Politics in Latin America"

Politics and Religion Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2015
Special issue on "Religion and Politics in Latin America"
Edited by Emilce Cuda
Published by: Center for Study of Religion and Religious Tolerance
http://www.ipsa.org/news/journal/politics-and-religion-journal-prj-7?allblocks=1

Content

Emilce Cuda
The Word of the Guest Editor

Nestor O. Miguez
The Political Ambiguity of Latin American Popular Religion

Fortunato Mallimaci, Juan Cruz Esquivel
Pluralism and Individualization in the Argentine religious field: Challenges for Catholicism in the Perspective of society and Politics

Emmanuel Taub
Jewish Philosophy and Education: Thinking Argentina's Diaspora from the theology of Franz Rozenzweig

Elio Estanislau Gasda
Secularity of the State and Political Strategies of Religion

ANALYSIS

Jose Fernandez Vega
The Legitimacy of the Papacy

Hernan Borisonik
Notes on the Dispute between Catholicism and Protestantism

REVIEWS, CRITICAL VIEWS AND POLEMICS

Reimon Bachika
Manifesto of the Critical Theory of Society and Religion: The Wholly Other, Liberation, Happiness, and the Rescue of the Hopeless

Igboin Benson Ohihon
Boko Haram: Islamism, Politics, Security and the State of Nigeria