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Changing the focus towards religious diversity

Religious plurality is a determining factor of social and cultural change. Researchers worldwide are re-learning this fact, especially because theories of secularisation obstructed the view on religion for a long time. Today, we are witnessing an increasingly fast paced diversification of societies worldwide due but not only to migration.

Albeit, political mechanisms and society's acceptance of religious diversity fall short of this development. The Plureligion Network was founded to help religious and ethnic researchers in their work on the ramifications and implications of religious diversity. Still a growing network, it is basically rooted in many local projects on religious plurality that are performed in many academic institutions around the world.

Local studies on religious landscapes as the network's roots

In the last few years, a vast number of local "religious topographic works" were published that documented the complex plurality within a single city or a small region. These pioneering case studies, often emerging from student groups, document the almost unknown plurality of religious groups at a local level. These case studies constitute an important part of the collection, as they are often combined with an interest in interfaith dialogue.

The Plureligion Network has brought together such projects on an international level. In comparision, most partner projects of the network have started with an empirical documentation of all religious groups in the terroritory of interest. As a second step, the gained datas and their meaning in regard to religious plurality have been analysed scientifically.

This subpage shows the foundations, methodologies, research interests, efforts, and findings of the plureligion/net partner networks.