Category Archives: Religious Nationalism

Brexit Vote and the Reformation

As Britain prepares for the Brexit vote, a major referendum on U.K. membership in the European Union, historical comparisons have framed the debate. References to the Second World War loom large in the Brexit debate. Prime Minister David Cameron and … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism and Religious Violence, Christianity and Religious Violence, Confessionalization, European Wars of Religion, Protestantism and Religious Violence, Religion and International Relations, Religious Nationalism | Leave a comment

ReligioWest Research Program

The ReligioWest research program, based at the European University Institute, pursues research on issues of religious pluralism, secularism, religion and the law, religion in the political sphere, and religious violence. The ReligioWest website indicates: “ReligioWest studies how different western states … Continue reading

Posted in Christian-Muslim Violence, Christianity and Religious Violence, Comparative Religious Studies, Graduate Studies of Religious Violence, Islam and Religious Violence, Law and Religious Intolerance, Religion and Globalization, Religion and International Relations, Religious Minorities, Religious Nationalism, Religious Politics, Religious Terrorism, Research Centers on Violence, Research on Religious Violence, Sectarian Violence, Secularism | 1 Comment

Religious Fundamentalism and Terrorism

Olivier Roy (Professor at the European University Institute, Firenze) is giving a presentation on “Are terrorism and jihadism a consequence of a religious fundamentalist radicalization?” The lecture will be held on 5 February 2015 at the University of Chicago Center … Continue reading

Posted in Christian-Muslim Violence, Islam and Religious Violence, Law and Religious Intolerance, Lectures and Seminars, Religion and Globalization, Religious Intolerance, Religious Militants, Religious Nationalism, Religious Politics, Religious Terrorism | 1 Comment

Burial Politics and Intolerance in France

Burial politics and intolerance seem to have been involved in an incident concerning the burial of a Roma (gypsy) baby during the holidays in France. The mayor of the town of Champlan, where the baby lived and died, allegedly refused … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity and Religious Violence, Death and Burial Practices, European Wars of Religion, Historiography of Religious Violence, Human Rights and Religion, Iconoclasm, Law and Religious Intolerance, Purity and Pollution, Religious Intolerance, Religious Nationalism | 1 Comment

Religion and Electoral Politics in Israel

Religious tensions and nationalist politics provide a backdrop for the coming election season in Israel. “Uneasiness inhabits Israel, a shadow beneath the polished surface,” according to journalist Roger Cohen. “In a violent Middle Eastern neighborhood of fracturing states, that is … Continue reading

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Historical Perspectives on the Caliphate

The Islamic State (IS) claims to be in process of establishing a caliphate in the Muslim world. Most news media have either ignored or misunderstood the implications of the IS claim to the caliphate, however. The BBC argues that: “When … Continue reading

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Sikh Clash at the Golden Temple

Swords crossed at the Golden Temple in Amristar, India, as Sikh activists and guards clashed during a commemoration of the Indian Army assault on the site in the 1984. “The violence broke out after a group of ‘radical Sikh activists’ … Continue reading

Posted in Atrocities, Hinduism and Religious Violence, Religious Militants, Religious Nationalism, Sikhism and Religious Violence | 1 Comment