1st Edition

The Interfaith Movement Mobilising Religious Diversity in the 21st Century

Edited By John Fahy, Jan-Jonathan Bock Copyright 2020
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Although its beginnings can be traced back to the late 19th century, the interfaith movement has only recently begun to attract mainstream attention, with governments, religious leaders and grassroots activists around the world increasingly turning to interfaith dialogue and collective action to address the challenges posed and explore the opportunities presented by religious diversity in a globalising world. This volume explores the history and development of the interfaith movement by engaging with new theoretical perspectives and a diverse range of case studies from around the world. The first book to bring together experts in the fields of religion, politics and social movement theory to offer an in-depth social analysis of the interfaith movement, it not only sheds new light on the movement itself, but challenges the longstanding academic division of labour that confines ‘religious’ and ‘social’ movements to separate spheres of inquiry.

    1. Introduction: Interfaith and Social Movement Theory  2. Interfaith Political Activism in the United States: Understanding Variation in the Cultural Challenges of Being and Doing Interfaith  3. Faith Embedded and Embodied: Interfaith Collaboration to Address Islamophobia in the United States  4. InterAction Australia: Countering the Politics of Fear with Netpeace  5. Making Space for Faith: Interfaith Initiatives in Denmark  6. Empowerment or Oligarchisation? Interfaith Governance of Religious Diversity in Two German Cities  7. Local Governance of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe: The Role of Interreligious Actors  8. Singapore's Interfaith Landscape: Harmonious Coexistence or Precarious Toleration  9. Beyond Normative Secularity: Politics of Interfaith Dialogue in Lebanon  10. Religious Discourse and Interreligious Impact in Egypt’s "Spring"  11. Transnational Interfaith Diplomacy: The Interfaith G8/G20 Shadow Summits  12. Epilogue: Understanding a Decentralised Social Movement


    John Fahy is an Affiliated Researcher at Georgetown the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and has published widely on the anthropology of religion, diversity, ethics and interfaith in both India and the Persian Gulf. His first monograph, Becoming Vaishnava in an Ideal Vedic City (Berghahn Books), is forthcoming.

    Jan-Jonathan Bock is the Programme Director of Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2015, and has published in anthropology and social science journals. His research interests include urban life, community cohesion and the challenges of pluralism, which he has explored in Germany, Italy, the UK, the Middle East and South Asia. Jan’s publications include Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship in Europe (Bristol Policy Press, 2015, with Shana Cohen and Christina Fuhr), and Refugees Welcome? Difference and Diversity in a Changing Germany (Berghahn Books, 2019, with Sharon Macdonald).