This is the homepage of Alif Aleph UK, a group of British Muslims and British Jews brought together with the aim of improving Jewish-Muslim relations in the UK. It was founded in 2003 by Richard Stone, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. This website informs visitors about the inter-faith projects the group is involved with. It makes available their press releases; and information about the latest news and events, and of how to get involved in Jewish-Muslim interfaith activities in different regions in the UK. There are also documents which could be downloaded. The site provides a search engine.
This is the homepage of the American Society for Muslim Advancement ("The ASMA Society"). This non-profit organisation was established in 1997 to increase awareness of Islam and to encourage interfaith dialogue and collaboration. It is based in New York and directed by Daisy Khan. This website informs the public about their range of activities and of recent news and events. It contains numerous resources which those seeking a better understanding of Islam would find interesting and user-friendly. These include brief description of issues like Islamic Creed and Rituals; Interfaith Dialogue; Women in Islam; Abrahamic Ethics; and Islamic Culture and Arts. Other available resources include: academic articles and opinions; audio recordings of khutbahs (sermons) and talks; written reports and video recordings of conferences; an annotated bibliography of relevant books; press releases; the society's newsletters; and a list of FAQs on Islam.
The Auburn Theological Seminary is an educational institution set up in 1818. It is currently directed by Barbara G Wheeler. It is home to the Center for the Study of Theological Education, the Center for Church Life, and the Center for Multifaith Education. This homepage contains information about the institution's history, mission, and educational programs. It also provides information about the three centres and the projects, programs and activities they engage in. Access is allowed to reports and the full-text of selected publications. Visitors are further linked to news report and the homepages of relevant organisations.
The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) is an ecumenical foundation established in 1993. It is a division of Charles Sturt University and is concerned with interfaith dialogue; reconciliation between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Australia; research; and the connection between theology and social issues. The centre is directed by the Reverend Professor James Haire. This homepage provides information about the centre's history and mission; upcoming events; and activities. It connects visitors to an Australian interfaith database; and provides a list of interfaith groups and institutions in Indonesia as well as an interfaith bibliography. It also contains a number of papers and publications which could be downloaded without charge. These are presented in PDF, thus requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. A search engine is available.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is an interfaith legal and educational institution established to protect the free expression of all religious traditions. This home page provides information on its three main areas of operation, namely: Litigation; Media; and Scholarship. It also offers information on issues that the Fund is actively involved in like religious freedom worldwide; property rights; schools; prisons; employment; associations; and public square. Details are given for relevant publications, and the site has a search engine.
This is the homepage of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, USA. It was established in March 2006 to: promote understanding of religion's role in politics; foster interreligious dialogue; and support action in the service of peace. The center engages in teaching, research and outreach activities. This website contains many resources that would be useful to those researching on the intersection between religion and politics. These include information about projects and programmes the centre engages in; and of upcoming and past events. Access is given to official reports; articles; commentaries; on-line databases; and annotated links to the homepages of relevant organizations. The centre is directed by Thomas Banchoff, Associate Professor of Government and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
British Muslims Monthly Survey (BMMS) (ISSN 1350-1090) is a periodical that has appeared in print since January 1993. Published by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (CSIC) at the University of Birmingham, all volumes up until May 2002 have now been made available online. On offer are monthly compilations of British press reporting on issues that have a bearing on the lives of Muslims in this country. These are derived from national and regional, daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, as well as the newsletters of various organisations. The work gives readers a unique opportunity to follow at close range the experiences of Muslims in contemporary Britain.
The Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme is located within the Centre for Advanced Religion and Theological Studies (CARTS) in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. It aims to promote a scholarly and multi-faith approach to religious learning and understanding of the three Abrahamic faiths (namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism) by studying their history; scriptures; traditions; practices; ethics; law; philosophy; theology; sociology; and politics. This homepage contains resources like the transcripts of lectures and speeches; articles and essays; press articles; reports of conferences; details of projects, publications, news and events; a description of the programme's academic design; and links to relevant websites. The Programme is directed by Professor David Ford.
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) at Sacred Heart University (SHU) was set up in 1992 to foster interreligious dialogue and understanding between Christians and Jews around the world. This homepage offers information about the academic courses they offer and other activities they engage in like research; publication; conferences; and public lectures. Access is given to numerous resources, the most notable of which is an extensive collection of documents and statements which have shaped post-World War II Christian-Jewish dialogue and relations. Other resources include: newsletters; 'CCJU Perspective' - the center's periodical; brief information about recent publications; and articles. Links are also helpfully given to a number of Christian, Jewish, Islamic; and Interreligious resources on the internet.
This is the homepage of the New York University Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West. Launched in the aftermath of the 11th of September 2001 incident to serve as a structured forum for sustained dialogue between the Islamic World and the US/West, the organisation engages in outreach programmes; international conferences; academic study; and policy review and recommendations. This website contains a number of resources which would be of interest to students and scholars of Islam and those engaged in interfaith work. These include: information about events and how to join their email list; links to relevant press articles; downloadable reports; book reviews; and access to video recordings of interviews. The site also makes available a photo gallery and holds a search engine. The centre was founded and directed by Professor Mustapha Tlili.
This is the homepage of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) at Nazareth College, New York. The center is directed by Dr Muhammad Shafiq. It aims to foster research and interfaith communication and religious tolerance through efforts like education, dialogue and community-building initiatives. This website informs visitors about the programmes and events (past and upcoming) it organises (e.g. book discussion; seminars; training programmes; and workshops). It provides other resources like: an interfaith calendar; photo galleries; and links to relevant websites. There is also a small selection of interfaith articles that can be downloaded from the site without charge. These are presented as PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. A search engine is offered.
This is the homepage of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE) at the University of Southern California (USC). Established in 2008, the center is a partnership between USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC), the Omar Al-Khattab Foundation and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It seeks to promote dialogue and understanding between the adherents of Judaism and Islam in the United States and around the world. This website informs visitors about the initiatives they engage in, and of recent news and events. It provides access to resources like papers/articles; video recordings; theses; an annotated bibliography of suggested reading; religious texts (e.g. the English translation of the Quran; the Hebrew Bible; and the Hadith); and an alphabetical annotated listing of Muslim and Jewish groups.
This is the homepage of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School. The center is directed by Professor Donald K. Swearer and seeks to promote interdisciplinary, international and interreligious study of the world's religions in the contemporary era. The site makes available numerous resources that would be of value to students of religion. Apart from information about the centre's work and of recent events, resources are provided for each of the following topics: Religion and Art; Religion and the Environment; Religion and Health; Religion and Identity; Religion and Place; and Religion and Politics. These, which are mainly derived from CSWR's work and events, include online papers; video and audio presentations of lectures and conferences; and photo galleries. A search engine and information about how to join their mailing list are also available.
This is the homepage of the Centre for the History of Religious and Political Pluralism at the University of Leicester. The centre engages in research, publication, and teaching at postgraduate level; organises public lecturers and courses; and advises policy-makers on matters pertaining to religious and political pluralism from a historical dimension. The site lists the public lectures which have been delivered since 1997. The transcript of a number of these can be downloaded without charge. It also provides reports from their seminars and colloquia; and allows access to the centre's newsletters which are presented in PDF. Visitors can view the centre's publications which are also available in PDF, hence requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. A few of the papers can only be accessed through the provision of the user's email address.
The Christian Muslim Forum (charity registration number 114793) was set up in January 2006 by a group of Christians and Muslims who met when they were working on the Archbishop of Canterbury's Initiative in Christian-Muslim Relations. The forum aims to strengthen the relationship and communication between the leaders and adherents of the two faith traditions in England. This homepage advises visitors of their historical background and activities in the following areas of work: community and public affairs; education; family; international issues; media; and youth. The site contains statements and annual reports; a list of FAQs; information on news and events; a photo gallery; and an annotated set of links to relevant websites. Papers; audio and visual materials; and a discussion board are also available but these can only be accessed upon registration. This website, which can also be read in Arabic, should be an interesting resource for those working in the area of interfaith dialogue.
'Christian-Muslim Relations and Interreligious Dialogue' is a website developed and maintained by Oddbjorn Leirvik, Professor in Interreligious Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. Accessible in English and Norwegian, the site contains resources that would be useful to those working in the area of interfaith dialogue. These include annotated links to websites relevant for studies in Christian-Muslim and interreligious dialogue (around the world and in Norway); statistics about religion in Norway; and links to online resources for ethics, religion and dialogue. There is information about books recently written or edited by Professor Leirvik himself, where viewers are also given access to articles, reviews and interviews related to them. Also available is a list of his other publications, a number of which can be accessible online.
'The Forum for the Comparative Study of Jews and Muslims in Britain, Europe and North America' is the homepage of a project led by Humayun Ansari, Professor of Islam and Cultural Diversity at Royal Holloway, University of London. The initiative was funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)'s Diasporas, Migration and Identities research programme. It aimed to: study the experiences of Jewish and Muslims as members of minority faith groups in the West; enhance understanding of Jewish-Muslim relations in the contemporary era; and use the findings from the above two aims to lay the foundation for a fruitful dialogue between members of the 2 groups in the future. To meet these objectives, an academic workshop and a practitioners workshop were held in 2006. This website provides the names and biographies of the participants; and the reports or abstracts of papers presented at the workshops. It also permits access to the contents of a book jointly edited in 2007 by Professor Ansari and David Cesarani. The book, entitled 'Muslim-Jewish Dialogue in a 21st Century World' (ISBN: 9781905846122), was published by the Department of History at Royal Holloway. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations.
'Conflicts Forum' is an international movement which aims to foster a healthier relationship and a better climate of understanding between the West and the Muslim world. It was founded in 2004 and is directed by Alistair Crooke and Mark Perry. This website informs visitors of its history, mission, services, and activities to date. It allows free access to a wide range of materials including monographs; articles; conference reports; newsletter (from 2005); transcripts of interviews; and briefing papers. This resource would be of interest to students of Islam and to those working in the areas of interfaith dialogue and international conflict resolution.
This online resource, written by Gemma Romain and Radhika Bynon, is part of the Connections project which was originally conceived by the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), the Asian-Black-Jewish Forum, and the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relation at the University of Southampton. The project charts the history of Asian, Black and Jewish people in Britain, and the interactions between them. The results are disseminated by means on an exhibition which is available for hire without charge until the end of 2008. This website provides information about the project itself; and how to hire the exhibition and where it can be viewed. It also provides a brief historical overview of the three communities' experience in Britain; downloadable resources for teachers; and links to relevant websites.
This is the homepage of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (CPWR). The organization aims to cultivate harmony, respect, understanding and cooperation among the world's spiritual and religious communities. This website informs visitors about their history, mission, and vision. It offers reports, publications and declarations from the major events they organise in different parts of the world; short films; brief biographies of those who have made a significant contribution to CPWR's interreligious work; and information about forthcoming events. The site also offers information about how to help build relationships between religious communities, and how to get involved in CPWR's work. The resource would be of interest and value to those working in the area of interreligious dialogue.
This website very briefly describes an AHRC/ESRC-funded project investigating the construction and use of religious extremist discourses and how these can be challenged by Muslim groups in partnership with the police. The study will draw on the experiences of Muslim communities and Police Officers’ own experiences, giving voice to opinions “overlooked by the welter of policy-driven terrorist and counter-terrorist discourse post 9/11”.
This website enables access to 'Faith, Identity and Belonging: Educating for Shared Citizenship' (ISBN 190290625X) - a report on a seminar held on the 7th of February 2006 at the Hatton Conference Centre in London. The seminar was organised by the Inter Faith Network for the UK (registered charity no.1068934) in association with the Citizenship Foundation. The report contains papers, questions and comments, reports, discussion and summaries from the event. Themes explored include: Educating for Shared Citizenship in a Multi Faith Society; Equipping Young People for Active Citizenship in a Multi Faith Society; Reflections From Classroom and Community; Learning for Shared Citizenship: Youth Perspectives; and Resourcing Education on Faith and Inter Faith Dimensions of Citizenship. The site is maintained by the Merseyside Council of Faiths and the report is available as a PDF document.
This is the home page of the project developed by the Ackland Art Museum to promote inter-faith communication among the different religious communities in North Carolina. The project uses the museum's collection of religious art as a starting point for exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism - five religions with the strongest following in the area. These are complemented by: a photography workshop where local youths are given the opportunity to capture on film their traditions and heritage; a story-telling workshop in which adults representing the five religions could present stories from their faith traditions; and the development of a series of teaching posters. Some of the outcomes are displayed on this web page. The site also offers a set of guidelines designed for those intending to use religious art to teach about a culture, religion or society; and online lesson plans. Links are provided to the home page of the Ackland Art Museum and other useful websites.
"FORUM" is the Web Site of the Fundacja Kultury Chrześcijańskiej "Znak" and is in both Polish and English. Znak is one of the foremost Polish publishing houses, and established the foundation which aims to promote Polish-Jewish and Jewish-Christian debate and discussion in Poland. The site includes details of events, publications, press reviews, interviews, and online documentation. A helpful index of names and of themes allows the user to find the answers to specific enquiries. The site has a lot to offer those who are especially interested in the Second World War and Polish-Jewish relations. It also publishes details of current events and the calendar of the Centre of Jewish Culture in Cracow. The books section features the latest works of a religious nature published in Poland, especially by Znak.
The Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (F.A.I.R.) was established in 2001 to help raise awareness of and challenge Islamophobia and related prejudice in Britain. It aims to do this through four project areas: Faith and Positive Image; Media and Popular Culture Watch; Equality Casework and Monitoring; and Policy Research and Lobbying. Details of these, and how to get involved, can be found on this website. Visitors can also download numerous materials such as factsheets; reports on Islamophobia; Hajj and Ramadan packs; campaign packs; event flyers; press releases; annual reports; and legal and policy documents. Likewise provided are details of how to join their mailing list; a search engine; and links to relevant websites. The forum is chaired Ahmed Al-Rawi.
This is the homepage of the Global Ethic Foundation. The organization, which is based in Germany, was founded and funded by Count K. K. von der Groeben. It seeks to promote inter-cultural, interreligious and inter-denominational initiatives around the world. This website, which is accessible in English, French, German and Spanish, informs visitors of their history, mission and activities. It contains the full-text of the 'Declaration Toward a Global Ethic' which can be downloaded in 15 languages and that of 'A Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities'. It also provides a bibliography of publications on global ethic and reviews of books on this area. Other resources include a chronicle of events and annotated links to relevant websites. This would be an interesting resource for those researching on the role of religion in peace-building.
This is the homepage of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham. The centre was established in 2001 to address practical and theoretical issues posed by globalisation. It is directed by Professor Tom Sorrell, the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics at the university. This homepage gives a brief introduction to some of the moral questions that arise from globalisation and the academic programmes offered by this multidisciplinary centre. It also informs visitors about the research projects and consultancy work undertaken by their staff; and the public seminars and conferences they organise. Conference reports can be downloaded from the site. It also takes them to the homepage of the centre's publication, the Journal of Global Ethics. From here, they may view the table of contents of all issues published since June 2005. Links are further provided to relevant websites.
This is the homepage of the Hindu Council UK (charity number 1067682). The organisation was founded in 1994 to represent the voice of various Hindu denominations in Britain and to contribute towards the promotion of inter-faith dialogue in this country. This interesting and well-organised website provides information on the activities they engage in. It also features news reports on matters connected to Hindus and Hinduism both in the UK and abroad. The site contains a search engine and allows visitors to access other resources such as articles; circulars; reports; discussion papers; an online discussion forum; and a list of FAQs. There are also scholarly articles and a selection of other highly accessible papers on Hinduism that cover topics like history; scriptures; festivals; prayers and Yoga. The resource would therefore be useful to those wishing to deepen their understanding of the Hindu faith as well as to those new to the subject.
This is homepage of the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB). Presided over by Ishwerbhai Tailor, the forum brings together nearly 300 organisations from around the country, making it the largest umbrella body for Hindus in Britain. This website is a useful resource for those seeking a better understanding of the Hindu faith as well as the experiences of their adherents here. Visitors can find, among other things, information about recent news, events and HFB projects; and a section which describes to them issues like the Hindu faith; festivals, arts and culture, philosophy, scriptures and dietary requirements. They are also given the opportunity to access research reports; the organisation's formal responses to various Government documents; their news and events archives; and newsletter. The site provides a search engine.
This website provides the full-text of 'Immigration, Faith and Cohesion: Evidence from Local Areas with Significant Muslim Populations' (ISBN: 9781859356388). The print version of the work was published in 2008 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This report, which was prepared by Hiranthi Jayaweera (University of Oxford) and Tufyal Choudhury (University of Durham), aimed to explore the factors that affect community cohesion in Britain and the role that faith communities play in this. The study focuses on three local urban areas with high numbers of Muslims living alongside those from other religious traditions namely the Borough of Newham in London, Birmingham and Bradford. The report is presented under these chapter headings: Introduction; Research Methods and Sample Characteristics; Equality and Discrimination; Neighbourhoods, Localities and Interactions; Political and Civic Engagement; Transnational Involvement and Belonging in Britain; Findings from Interviews with Policy-Makers and Practitioners; and Conclusion. The document is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.
The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS), founded in 1987, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to disarming religious hatred and fostering interfaith dialogue and understanding. The Institute's website offers details of its purpose and activities. These include the development of resources that target ingrained prejudice by encouraging appreciation for the distinctiveness and value of Christianity and Judaism: some examples are made available via the site. The Scholars' Corner section contains the full text of many articles addressing issues relevant to the Institute's brief, and the Institute also periodically publishes a newsletter, which is made freely available online. There is also a calendar of ICJS events. The site is well presented and accessible.
This is the homepage of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity (ISIC). Established in 1989, this independent non-profit academic institute aims to advance the study of Islam, Christianity and Muslim-Christian relations. It seeks also to promote better understanding and communications between Islamic and western societies. This website contains the institute's mission statement, and details about the books and resources it publishes. Visitors are also given the opportunity to access news and research articles, as well as ISIC's bulletin. A search engine is available.
The Institute of Interfaith Dialog (IID) is a non-profit organization which aims to bring communities together through interfaith dialogue and conversation. This homepage informs viewers of their vision, and contains a number of interesting resources. The latter includes: a list of interfaith events; an interfaith calendar; and a section which gives a brief outline on Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam and Judaism. There is also a Reading Room which offers for online viewing and downloading, a number of papers on interfaith issues (e.g. 'Exploring the possibility of Hindu-Muslim dialogue'; 'Common ground between Islam and Christianity'; 'Principles of starting an interfaith dialogue'; Islam and Christian dialogue'; and 'The necessity of interfaith dialogue'). The site provides a search engine.
The Inter Faith Network for the UK was established in 1987 to foster good relations among the adherents of different faiths in the UK. This home page informs visitors of the Network's vision and objectives; and suggests how they could get involved in helping to build good inter faith relations. It provides: details of their publications; downloadable copies of their newsletter and annual review; reports of projects; a search engine; discussion of recent inter-faith issues featured in the news; and links to the homepages of their member bodies and relevant websites.
This is the home page of the Interfaith Center of New York, a secular educational organisation established in 1997. It seeks to promote understanding and respect among the adherents of different faiths in New York City and to encourage them to get involved in civic participation. This website informs visitors of the programs it sponsors (e.g. on education, civic connections, art and culture) and of upcoming events. It also lists the names of the recipients of the Interfaith Award which the center gives annually to leading figures around the world who work to promote peace and interfaith understanding. Awardees include: the Dalai Lama; Mary Robinson; Desmond Tutu; James Carroll and Ravi Shankar.
The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) is a UK-based organisation which deals with religious liberty issues and works towards promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance around the world. The Association's home page provides: background information about the organisation; membership details; a review of the state of religious freedom in several countries (between 2001 and 2004); and information about international projects managed by the Association and its different initiatives involving young adults. The website also offers an eLearning section which looks at interfaith views on religious freedom and issues such as types of religious persecution and discrimination. Links are provided to related websites.
The International Coalition for Religious Freedom is an educational organisation devoted to promoting and defending the religious liberty of everyone irrespective of nationality, creed, gender or ethnic origin. This home page holds a number of resources that would be of interest to students and researchers. It firstly provides a country by country report on the state of religious freedom in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. This is followed by the organisation's newsletter from 1997 onwards, and papers and presentations from conferences sponsored by them. The site also contains worldwide religious news and reports; and provides links to relevant websites.
This is the homepage of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) which is based in Heppenheim, Germany. It is an umbrella organisation chaired by Reverend Professor Dr John T. Pawlikowski which brings together national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations from around the world. This website, which is also accessible in German, should be of interest to those researching in the area of interfaith dialogue. Amongst the resources made available include: details of conferences they organise and works they publish; transcripts of lectures; press releases; the ICCJ newsletter; and official statements. Access is also given to their e-bulletin which is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Russian. A search engine is provided as are links to relevant websites and the homepages of their member organisations around the world.
This home page of the International Interfaith Centre (IIC), an Oxford-based organisation which promotes and facilitates international interfaith activity and cooperation, offers: information about the history of purpose of the Centre; extracts of the Centre's newsletters from 1996 onwards; information about forthcoming interfaith events around the world and new projects sponsored by the Centre; details of some of the programmes embarked on since its inauguration in 1993; a list of printed works and videos produced by the Centre and information about how these can be ordered; and transcripts of the lectures it has organised. There is also a section devoted to the International Interfaith Organisations Network (IION), in which the IIC plays a key role. Finally, links are provided to the home pages of organisations and education centres engaging in inter-religious activities.
This is the homepage of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) based in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded by Emad Al-Turk and Okolo Rashid in 2001, the museum conducts research and engages in the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of artifacts relating to Islamic history and culture, and Muslims' contribution to world civilisation. Through these activities, it aims to enhance the public's understanding of Muslim cultures as well as to promote interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance. In addition to information about its history and vision; this website offers an overview of and images from the museum's current exhibitions. There are also interviews with the museum's founders and news items relating to the museum. Information on how to subscribe to their newsletter and on how to become a member are likewise available.
This is the homepage of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA). Established in 1893, this educational organization is dedicated to the cause of religious freedom around the world. This website contains its Articles of Incorporation; bylaws; mission statement; statement of purpose; declaration of principles; and messages from its Secretary General. The site also contains the following resources: a selection of articles and details of relevant books; international declarations; reports and statements; video-recordings of speeches; links to the homepages of relevant organizations; and details of news and events. The association is chaired by Denton Lotz.
'Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions (8th - 17th centuries)' is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is based at the Warburg Institute of the University of London and is headed by Charles Burnett, Professor of History of Islamic Influences in Europe. The project aims to study the cultural interactions between the Islamic and Tibetan cultures, and examines how religious ideas of the two cultures developed. This website contains: background information about the project and the people behind it; details of past and forthcoming events connected to the project (e.g. presentations; lectures; seminar training; conferences; and workshops); a thematic bibliography of print-based works on Islam and Tibet; images; and links to relevant websites. This resource should be of interest to those researching on the interactions between the Buddhist and Islamic traditions in Tibet, as well as to those with a general interest in inter-faith work. The website will be continuously updated as the project develops.
The website of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies provides information about the Institute's activities and publications. Established by Baylor University in 1957, the Institute is dedicated to fostering research and publication in the area of the relationship between church and state, and to encouraging the advancement of religious liberty. The site gives details of the degree programmes available at the Institute; a list of publications by various members of the Institute; information on upcoming conferences; details of current projects (such as the Islam and democracy project); and a list of links to church-state resources across the Web. The Institute publishes the Journal of Church and State, for which subscription information is available. The site is very well presented and accessible.
The Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (ISSN 1583-0039) is a freely-available peer reviewed electronic journal published by the Seminar for the Interdisciplinary Research of Religions and Ideologies (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) and the Academic Society for the Research of Religions and Ideologies (Romania). The journal publishes articles and reviews relating to inter-religious dialogue; philosophy of religion; history of religion; political philosophy; ethics; and related areas within religious studies. Themes of recent issues have included: religion; art; politics; problems of religious toleration - religious minorities in Romania; and religion and politics in the contemporany world. Recent authors and topics have included: Richard Rorty (anti-clericalism and atheism); Mihaela Mudure (Gypsies and African Americans); Joseph Favazza (reconciliation); Mester Béla (Unitarian thought and early modern political philosophy); Leonard Swidler (freedom of religion); Kathleen Tobin (Catholic birth control debate in Latin America); Sandu Frunza (Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas). Articles are available in both HTML and PDF. The journal is published quarterly. Information is also available about the editorial and advisory boards; and on how to submit articles for publication.
Links to Multifaith and Religion Sites is an Internet gateway to resources of use for religious studies. Annotated links are provided to a range of websites, including those that are academically orientated, and the homepages of faith groups. Coverage is broad, with sections on traditions old and new from around the world, but this site will be of particular interest to those researching the interfaith movement, and within that, groups whose aim is to bring the adherents of different religions together with the common purpose of promoting peace and justice. Also well covered are indigenous belief systems, nature and magical religions, and minority traditions such as Zoroastrianism and Scientology. The site is easy to navigate, with the individual sections accessible via a hyperlinked list at the top of the front page.
This website provides access to the full text of 'Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism' (ISBN 190609702-X). This report was commissioned by Policy Exchange (charity registration number: 1096300) to seek a better understanding of the attitudes of Muslims in contemporary Britain and of the factors that contribute to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism amongst the younger generation. The print version of the work was published in 2007 and it was jointly authored by Munira Mirza, Abi Senthilkumaran and Zein Ja'far. The report is 99 pages in length and consists of three parts. These are organised into eight chapters as follows: Introduction; The Emergence of Muslim Consciousness in Britain; Identity and Belonging; Cultural Attitudes; Foreign Policy and the Ummah [community of believers]; Victimhood; Who Speaks for Muslims?; and Reflections on Policy. This should be an interesting resource for students of Islam.
The Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE) is an Islamic institution which aims to promote teaching, research and training in Islam and interfaith dialogue. Established in September 2000, it is sponsored by the Islamic Foundation, UK and is validated by Loughborough University. The institute, which is located in Leicestershire, is directed by Dr Ataullah Siddiqui. This website informs visitors about the postgraduate programmes and short courses they offer, and of the facilities on site. There is a video gallery on the latter and visitors are also linked to the library website. Available for downloading include materials like course leaflets, application forms and a number of articles on Islamic economics. This should be a helpful resource for those wishing to embark on postgraduate studies in Islam.
The Mas’ud Ahmed Khan website has evolved substantially from its early origins as a newsgroup run in the 1990s by the administrator. Its resources mainly reflect the interests and concerns of an increasingly vocal and articulate section of British Muslim society interested in reviving a traditionalist Sunni version of Islam, Sufi orientated, and keen on maintaining a strong British identity (one section is dedicated to British Muslim Heritage). Leading figures of this community (US born Nuh Ha Mim Keller and Cambridge don Abdul Hakim Murad, who both produce a bulk of the articles) have grown in importance over the last decade, particularly following 9/11 and the increasing media attention given to Muslims in the West. Therefore, this website is useful to those interesting in researching discussion among British Muslims over issues relating to citizenship and jihad, articulated not only in contemporary article form, but also in the language of classical juristic and theological scholarship. Numerous video and audio resources are also available, including lectures and radio interviews. These resources deal not only with contemporary social issues, but also long-standing theological debates that are still current in modern Muslim society.
This is the home page of the Metanexus Institute, a global interdisciplinary think tank set up in 1997 to promote the constructive engagement of religion and science. The institute is based in Philadelphia and is chaired by Dr Edward J. Devinney Jr of Villanova University. Its range of activities include research; international, interfaith and interdisciplinary dialogue; conferences; research lectures and publication (print and online). Details of these can be obtained from here. This site also gives an overview of their history and mission, and contains information about how to be a member. Visitors are allowed access to their press releases, a number of articles, and the home page of The Global Spiral (ISSN 1937-268X) - an epublication of the institute. A search engine is provided as are partially annotated links to the home pages of relevant organizations.
The Multifaith Centre at the University of Derby (registered charity number 1087140) was established to foster mutual understanding and respect among the adherents of different faiths and beliefs. The centre's home page, which provides a search engine, offers a brief overview of the Bahá'í faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism; and a short introduction to interfaith activity. The site also allows access to their newsletter, seminar papers, and a photo gallery; and contains details of their history, events, and publications. The centre is directed by Carrie Edwards.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Muslim Women Talk Wales', available in PDF and as a Word document. The report, which was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, was published on the 11th of July 2006. It investigated the concerns of and issues confronting Muslim women who live and/or work in Wales. In so doing, it had aimed to establish better communications and understanding between them and the government and policy makers in Wales. It aimed also to assist the latter to comply with the spirit and letter of the National Assembly for Wales Race Relations Scheme 2005-2008. The research and report were undertaken by Monica Mahoney and Shahien Taj on behalf of the All Wales Saheli Association.
Nasledie protoiereiia Aleksandra Menia [the legacy of Father Aleksander Men] is a website devoted to the life and works of an influential Russian priest credited with bringing many of the Soviet intelligentsia to the Church. The site provides both online versions and downloadable files of Men's writings. A vast amount of biographical material is arranged on one page 'about Fr Aleksander Men'. The site is constructed around the following headings (arranged in a sidebar): Novaia Derevnia [where Fr Aleksander was parish priest]; the Church at Semkhoz [where he was murdered in 1990]; Home and office; video library; photos; books; conversations; lectures; interviews; sermons; letters; legacy; audio library [numerous recordings of Men reading or speaking]; about the Men foundation; conferences. Some materials on these pages are available in English, but most are Russian only. Many pages are well illustrated, and the site has a simple search engine. This resource will be of most use to researchers of late Soviet Russian Orthodoxy and contemporary Orthodox theology.
This is the homepage of the Network for Inter Faith Concerns (NIFCON) of the Anglican Communion. It was established in 1993 to help promote healthy relationships between Christians and those from other faiths. This website contains a number of resources that would be of interest to those working in the area of inter-faith dialogue. These include: agreements and declarations; consultation papers and reports; sermons; articles; a photo library; powerpoint presentations; booklets; guidelines; information about news and events and of books written or edited by NIFCON members; links to relevant websites; and NIFCON's brochure and newsletter. The site also allows access to 'The Christian Muslim Digest' which provides a factual coverage of developments from around the world involving Christian-Muslim relations.
This is the official website of ‘A Common Word’, a letter drafted and signed by a large group of Muslim scholars, clerics and intellectuals in reaction to the controversy raised by Pope Benedict the XVI’s message in Regensberg on the 13th of September, 2006. The name ‘Common Word’ refers to a Quranic verse (3:64) which calls on followers of other Abrahamic religions to come together with Muslims and agree on common ground and shared values. This document can be found here in numerous languages (including English, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Polish and Indonesian), together with lists of signatories and recipients. The website has special sections for documents related to Christian and Jewish responses, and a ‘News’ section which provides a chronology of events following the release of ‘A Common Word’. The ‘New Fruits’ section has a substantial collection of papers published since then, including conference proceedings. Audio and video recordings of many of the events mentioned above can also be seen in the multimedia section.
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an inter-governmental organisation which was established in 1969 to serve as a collective voice of the Muslim world. This Web page gives background information about the organisation and its membership; news of upcoming events; and a calendar of meetings. It allows access to numerous resources such as transcripts of speeches; articles; news of contemporary issues; official reports; all issues of their newsletter from 2006; the contents of the OIC journal published since 2007; the contents of their Islamophobia monthly bulletin published since February 2008; official Declarations; a photo gallery; and links to the home pages of relevant organisations. This site, which can also be accessed in French and Arabic, should be of interest to students of Islam.
The Partners for Peace website provides information about a non-profit organisation that serves as a platform for the voices of Israeli and Palestinian women of all faiths working for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The organisation sponsors events and speaking tours to educate the American public about these issues. The website gives information on their projects, events, and media coverage, including reports on their 'Jerusalem Women Speak' tours. The site will be of interest to students and researchers interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, peace activism, and interfaith dialogue.
'Religion and Ethics in War and Peace-Making' is a research and dialogue programme hosted by the Von Hugel Institute at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. The initiative, directed by Dr George R. Wilkes, seeks to investigate the impact of religion (particularly Christianity, Islam and Judaism) on war and peace-making, and to investigate the history of religious war for the lessons that could be learnt. It encourages interreligious dialogue, cooperation and better understanding of the ethical problems posed by armed conflicts, amongst policy-makers and religious practitioners. This homepage contains information about its worldwide network; the activities undertaken by its working groups; and past and upcoming seminars. Viewers can also find articles on the site and links to relevant websites.
This is the homepage of 'The Religion and Immigration Project (TRIP)' at the University of San Francisco (USF). It aims to study the role which religion plays in the lives of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants to the San Francisco Bay area in order to give voice to their unique needs and concerns. The project is led by Lois Ann Lorentzen, a professor of Social Ethics in the university's Theology and Religious Studies Department and Associate Director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA). This website provides an overview of the project and gives information about events which they are involved in. Also available are a number of articles, links to relevant websites and a bibliography of print-based work.
The Religion and Law International Document Database website holds an interesting and useful database on the laws, treaties, articles, case law and writings that have a strong impact on religious freedom worldwide. Readers can access the online library by searching under specific terms and/or other criteria like countries, organisations or world regions. The site also contains guidelines for submission and disclaimer statements; information and news about religion and law; details of upcoming conferences; and links to relevant online resources. The site is maintained by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) at Brigham Young University, USA.
The Religion and Law Consortium site is maintained by the Brigham Young University International Center for Law and Religion Studies in Utah. This free database contains laws, treatises, articles and case law affecting the freedom of religion in countries around the world. The database has materials from various international organisations including the European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The simple search option allows searching by organisation, country and region. The advanced search parameters include date, language or type of document eg. laws, treatises, judicial decisions or constitutions. There is also a keyword search option. Materials can also be browsed by country, organisation or region. The full-text of the documents are made available in HTML or in PDF format. The site also provides religion and law news, details of conferences and links to related websites.
'Religion in Education: A Contribution to Dialogue or a Factor of Conflict in Transforming Societies of European Countries' or REDCo is a project based at the University of Hamburg. It studies how religions and values can contribute to dialogue or tension in Europe and aims to promote inter-faith dialogue amongst European citizens. The investigation is carried out by a research team with expertise in the areas of theology, Islamic studies, education, religious education, sociology, political science and ethnology. Regions studied include England, Estonia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain and Wales. The project is funded by the European Commission and is headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfram Weisse.
The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) was set up in 1973 to oversee the delivery of religious education in UK schools, colleges and universities. This home page provides a number of resources that would be of use to teachers of religious education in those contexts as well as to organisations that are interested in issues related to religious education and multi-faith dialogue. These include: updates on the development of a national strategy for religious education and the status of collective worship in schools and colleges; reports on REC projects and publications; RE in the News; a list of events; links to relevant websites; and a calendar of religious days. The site provides a search engine.
The Religious Freedom Page is a website that brings together a range of resources useful for anyone interested in exploring the philosophical and theoretical dimensions of religious freedom, particularly in the USA. The 'Universal Principles', 'Sacred Texts', and 'The Constitution' sections offer extracts from key documents, both historical and modern, that have a bearing on the subject, while the 'Court Decisions' and the 'Religion in Public Life' sections provide details of key cases that have helped define the contours of religious liberty in the USA today. The site also offers some potentially interesting resources on religious freedom around the world, but as it unfortunately does not seem to have been updated for some years, resources such as profiles of various nations and reports on religious freedom are now somewhat out of date. There is a substantial links list, but this has also suffered somewhat from a lack of maintenance. Despite these drawbacks, there is still much interesting and useful information to be found on this site.
Sponsored by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT), Religious Tolerance.org is a fascinating site not only for its extensive content on modern contemporary religious issues, but because of its mandate to promote religious understanding and knowledge across all different faiths, which seems to have caused it much electronic persecution. The site offers a variety of resources, including a large number of descriptive factual articles on contemporary social debates and religious movements. While seeking to avoid promoting any single belief system over another, the site contains a number of articles addressing modern ethical issues and religious responses on topics such as abortion and homosexuality. Religious Tolerance.org is most suited to undergraduate students requiring background information on a particular religious query or modern development, though it will be of benefit to anyone seeking introductory information on religious expressions. In general, material is presented in the form of essays on specific questions, or short summaries of religious systems. The site itself can be somewhat difficult to navigate because of the sheer number of articles it holds, so be prepared to spend some time looking around. All users are strongly advised to read the OCRT’s statement of intention along with their “unhidden agenda” through the first visit link. This further explains their mandate, and clarifies some of the site’s organisational structure. Furthermore, at the bottom of this page, you will also find a link to a search utility that will make navigating these pages much easier.
The website of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to European Institutions in Brussels seeks to give the official position of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations with other Christian denominations and religions, and on issues of importance to Orthodox Christians in the European Union. The site is divided into: events; background information (about the formation of the Representation); Christianity in Europe; Church and society (addressing topics such as euthanasia); inter-orthodox relations; ecumenical relations; inter-religious dialogue; Church life; catechism; theology and spirituality; liturgy and prayer; Church history; Europaica bulletin. Each section has publications in English, French and German, and the site also has Russian and Magyar pages. The bulletin is available by email subscription. This easy to navigate site will be of interest to teachers and researchers of religion in the European Union, inter-church relations and Russian religious culture.
This is the website of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, a non-governmental research institute based in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The name Aal al-Bayt is a reference to the family of the Prophet Muhammad, to which Jordanian royal family claim descent. This choice of name is intentionally aimed at bringing together the various schisms within Islam, particularly that between Sunnis and Shi’is. This interest in dialogue and reconciliation extends also to inter-faith dialogue, and a list of the various events and publications organised by this institute can be found here, connected to both types of dialogue. The institute also is involved in funding and organising research in the study of Islamic thought and civilization. The list of fellows associated with the institute contains names of prominent Muslim researchers and teachers in both traditional and modern institutes of learning. A selection of some scholarly contributions (in both Arabic and English) on the subject of ‘Love in the Holy Quran’ (the topic of the Institute’s Fourteenth General Conference) can be freely accessed from the website. Together with this, one can find information on past, current and future activities organised by institute in the ‘Projects’ section.
This is the homepage of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) which is based in Amman, Jordan. Set up in 1994 under the patronage of Prince El Hasan bin Talal, the institute serves as a focal point in the Arab world for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of religion and issues that relate to religious, cultural and civilizational diversity affecting the region and the world. It is funded predominantly by the Government of Jordan and is chaired by Ambassador Hasan Abu Nimah. RIIFS is mainly involved in research and publication, and organises lectures, workshops and conferences. Details of these are offered here. This site allows access to BRIIFS (Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies) - an academic journal which is published twice a year; and AL-Nashra - RIIFS' Arabic-language quarterly publication. Further, there is a page that contains basic information about Islam and another which dealt with questions from visitors. Press releases and press clippings are also available.
This website reviews the 'Sacred: Discover What We Share' exhibition which took place at the British Library between the 27th April to the 23rd September 2007. It focuses on the holy books and practices of the three 'Abrahamic faiths' namely Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This home page provides detailed information about the exhibition, and allows access to audio and video recordings of several themes connected to the exhibition like the evolution of the sacred texts; holy sites; and weddings in the three faiths. It also lists 67 of the sacred texts on display (chronologically and by faith) - each of which accompanied by a short commentary and a zoomable high-resolution image.
This is the homepage of the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organisation based in Washington DC. It is dedicated to teaching, research and practice in the area of conflict resolution, and to fostering intra-Islamic and interfaith dialogue particularly between Muslims and non-Muslims. The institute is directed by Dr Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an associate professor at American University's School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. This website informs viewers of their activities and the projects they are involved in. It allows access to articles, conference reports and the institute's newsletter. Links are also provided to a small number of relevant websites. An interesting resource for students of Islam and those working in the area of interfaith dialogue.
This is the home page of the Sufi Muslim Council (SMC). The organisation aims to apply traditional scholarship to help resolve modern day problems facing British Muslims and is dedicated to the cause of promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue. This website contains a number of resources that would be of interest to those wishing to learn more about Sufism. Under the heading 'Spirituality', visitors may find essays on topics like: About Sufism; Levels of Sufi Meditation; The Mevlivi Order; and The Naqshbandi Sufi Way. Publications and essays available under 'Extremism' include those on Islamic Radicalism and Current Trends in Extremist Islamic Ideology. The site also offers a number of articles which deal with issues like honour killing; stoning; and jihad. It likewise provides a set of links to relevant websites and a photo gallery.
The official website of Tariq Ramadan, a well-known European Muslim scholar and public intellectual, provides information on Ramadan and his work as well as other articles and resources related to Islam and Muslims in the West. The site includes: a brief biography; recent and upcoming events listings; descriptions and reviews of Ramadan's books; links to a large number of his articles in academic and mainstream journals; and a good number of audio and video files of Ramadan's lectures, debates and media appearances. It also includes articles by other authors about Ramadan or about issues related to Islam in the West. Although the focus of the site is on the political, intellectual and social questions related to the presence of Muslim populations in Europe and the United States, the site also includes a 'spirituality' section that focuses more on religious questions. This will be a useful source for students and researchers at all levels with an interest in contemporary Islam in Europe and the United States.
Guided by the maxim 'If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together', the Three Faiths Forum, seeks to promote friendship, goodwill and understanding among the adherents of the Christian, Jewish and Muslims faith traditions. This home page provides information about the forum and the interfaith educational programmes they engage in (e.g. Tools 4 Trialogue and the Undergraduate Parliamentors Programme); a list of events; and access to teaching resources.
This is the home page of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a body created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the situation as regards freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief elsewhere in the world and to make policy recommendations to the US government. This website allows access to the commission's annual reports; policy briefs; newsletter; and country reports. Also provided are: USCIRF's press releases; details of events; and a search engine.
This is the homepage of the West Midlands Faiths Forum which was set up in June 2003. Chaired by Reverend Dr John Hall, it aims to serve as a 'meeting place' for diverse faith groups that would enable their viewpoints to be gathered in a structured manner by regional bodies. This website provides information: about the projects they undertake and training opportunities available. It allows visitors to download works published by the Forum (e.g. conference reports; policy papers; bulletins; and membership and other forms) and provides details about inter-faith initiatives in the Midlands. There are links to relevant websites and a calendar of events. There is also a Resources section which can only be accessed by registered users but visitors can register free of charge from here. A useful resource for anyone interested in inter-faith dialogue.
The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faith aims to advance teaching, research and dialogue in the encounter between the adherents of the three Abrahamic Faiths - Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Based in Cambridge, it is an umbrella organisation of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (CJCR) and the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR). It is also an associate member of the Cambridge Theological Federation and is directed by Dr Edward Kessler. This homepage contains information about their staff and recent works published by them; the events they organise; and the education programmes available. It also provides links to their press and media coverage, and to other online resources like journals; maps and dictionaries. The site allows access to the institute's newsletter, and holds a search engine and a mailing list. An interesting resource for those working in the area of interfaith dialogue.
'West-Islamic World Dialogue' is a Web page maintained by the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based international organisation dedicated to improving the state of the world. This is the home page of an initiative the Forum is involved in to promote dialogue and cooperation between the West and the Islamic world. The work is jointly chaired by Princess Lolwah Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Lord Carey of Clifton of the UK, and is coordinated by Saman Ahsan. Resources available on the site include: background information about the project; official reports; press releases; video interviews; summaries of debates; and newsletters. Most of the documents are presented in PDF. Adobe Acrobat Reader is therefore required. A search engine is available.
This is the homepage of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Directed by Professor Miroslav Volf, the centre seeks to explore ways to assist people to practise their faith responsibly in all spheres of their lives. It is involved mainly in theological research and leadership development. This website informs visitors of the projects and programs they engage in (e.g. 'God and Human Flourishing'; 'Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace'; and 'The Reconciliation Program'). It contains information on news, events and recent publications as well as on how to join their mailing list. Particularly interesting for students of religion are free access to research papers written by the centre's staff and those presented in connection with events sponsored by the centre. There are also links to articles featured in the news, and access to relevant radio and video presentations. A search engine is available.