Let’s do away with the religion/secular divide

In the third and final piece in our series on "Religion, Secularism and Multiple Modernities in Europe", Professor of Secularization Studies, Herman Paul, argues that the religious/secular divide is unhelpful for thinking about the realities of human existence and should be done away with. Odd as it may sound for someone occupying a chair in …

Consolation—A prism for analysing modernity

In the second instalment for our series reflecting on Religion, Secularism and Multiple Modernities in Europe, Christoph Jedan considers what our practices of grief and consolation, considered in historical context, can reveal about the nature of modernity.  My colleagues and I in the department of Christianity and the History of Ideas study consolation, in particular consolation …

How “Modern” are We? Religion, Secularism, and Multiple Modernities in Europe

On 13 June 2014, esteemed sociologist of religion Professor Jose Casanova received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. During his visit, the Faculty hosted a roundtable discussion on conceptions of religion, secularism and modernity in contemporary European identity, raising questions over exactly what it means …

ISIS’ Caliphate and Intra-jihadist Struggles for Authority

On Sunday 29 June, the first day of Ramadan 2014, ISIS announced the restoration of the caliphate. From now on, its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is “the caliph for Muslims everywhere”, the message states, adding that the name of the organisation, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, becomes simply The Islamic State. In today’s …