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Religion and conflict : the myth of inevitable collision
The recent attacks on churches in Indonesia may spark renewed concern that religious differences are inevitably contentious if not leading outright to violence. However, history suggests that harmonious coexistence is the norm.
Setting the Scene: Interreligious Dialogue in Plural Societies
Many see interreligious dialogue as a way to promote social cohesion and increase societal resilience. However, what potential barriers or worries stand in the way of implementing it?
Fashion, Feminism or Freedom: Dissecting France’s Ban on Burkini
The recent ban and legal rulings on the burkini (Islamic swimsuit) in a number of French towns raises questions about the aims of the policy, as well as the way women’s bodies are used as the ideological battlefield between ...
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Religio-Political Fault Lines in Secular Democracies
Seemingly politically inspired and media-led Islamophobic allegations and accusations of anti-semitism marred the recent UK mayoral and local elections. This potentially sets a dangerous precedence for using religious ...
The International Conference on Cohesive Societies – How to Build Cohesive Societies
The International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) in Singapore brought together academics, thought leaders, policy makers, youth leaders, and practitioners and pointed towards ways we can build cohesive societies.