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Religion & Democracy

In recent years we’ve seen the global rise of populist figures and regimes that invoke religion and religious identity when articulating exclusivist visions of the State. The question is more salient than ever: how far should religious freedom extend in democratic societies? This research topic examines how religion aids, complicates, and restricts democratic engagement in the world.

A consistent focal point in the works produced under this Initiative has been the rise of religious nationalisms worldwide and what this means for the future of democratic society. Another powerful preoccupation has been the role that different actors play in rethinking religious ideas and practices to create more democratic outcomes and inclusive cultures. They contend with the question of how pluralism and peace-building can occur in contexts of inter-/intra-group conflict within religiously heterogeneous polities.

FIELD Reviews



  • Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
    Affiliated Expert
  • Director, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
    HRLI Grantee


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