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