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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Interfaith and Social Movement Theory
John Fahy & Jan-Jonathan Bock
2. Interfaith Political Activism in the United States: Understanding Variation in the Cultural Challenges of Being and Doing Interfaith
Ruth Braunstein & Amy Lawton
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
Lise Paulsen Galal
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
Mar Griera, Maria Chiara Giorda & Valeria Fabretti
8. Singapore's Interfaith Landscape: Harmonious Coexistence or Precarious Toleration
Paul Hedges & Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib
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).