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Conflicts are a key feature of contemporary religion and the main reason why the public opinion, the media, and scholars take an interest in the phenomenology of religion. Ranging from systematic large-scale violence to tensions within communities and families, the interaction between conflicts and religion is multifaceted and complex.
Our research stems from the assumption that both isolating religion as a factor in conflict descriptions and downplaying the significance of religious motives are inadequate.
With the activities under this research line we intend to explore the bivalent role of religion as a motivating and as a mitigating factor. We are particularly interested in public policies combining anti-discrimination measures, protection and promotion of fundamental rights, in particular freedom of religion or belief, and security and anti-radicalisation actions.
We explore the potential of inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue, international cooperation and alternative dispute resolutions, this involving NGOs, national and international public agencies and religious players. While being primarily interested in scholarly work, we also plan to include practical initiatives under this research line.
Related research, conference and teaching activities
Arguing Religion. ISR research project investigating the reach of argumentative debate in responding to religious disagreements
Religions and violence. ISR research project investigating the role of religion as a factor for both organised violence and peace building.