Contextualising Islam in Pluralistic Societies

Exploring how we live out our religion in pluralistic countries requires understanding how people of other faiths (or none) engage with each other. It involves broader questions about the place of religion in society and how we all deal with our multiple and competing identities. To better understand these issues, Lokahi is conducting a new research project on ‘Contextualising Islam in Pluralistic Societies’.

This initiative aims to understand how different Muslim communities and Muslim intellectuals are dealing with issues of citizenship, identity and civic engagement in pluralistic societies, but also how others in society respond to the challenge of living together in diverse communities.

Living in a much more networked and globalised world, we also need to explore how we are influenced by religious leaders and thinkers outside our local communities. We will look to explore the nature and state of dialogue globally—between leaders and members of multiple faith traditions—on the role of religion in society. We will analyse methods of international engagement and cooperation, to identify ‘best practice’ for any future endeavours. We will also look at the relationships between Muslim thought in different European countries and intellectual trends in Muslim thought (in both minority and majority settings) outside of the European Union.

This project fits within our tradition of real-time research: deep and meaningful analysis that makes a significant and constructive impact in communities and remains true to their experiences. Funding sources include a grant from the European Union, through its Foreign Policy Instrument.

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