Market globalization, technology, climate change, and postcolonial political forces are together forging a new, more modern world. However, caught up in the mix are some powerful religious narratives that are galvanizing peoples and reimagining - and sometimes stifling - the political and social order. Some are repressive, fundamentalist imaginations, such as the so-called Islamic Caliphate. Others could be described as post-religious, such as the evolution of universal human rights out of the European Christian tradition. But the question of the compatibility of these religious worldviews, particularly those that have emerged out of the Abrahamic faith traditions, is perhaps the most pressing issue in global stability today. What scope for dialogue is there between the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian ways of imagining the future? How can we engage with these multiple imaginations to create a shared and peaceful global society? Religious Imaginations is an interdisciplinary volume of both new and well-known scholars exploring how religious narratives interact with the contemporary geopolitical climate.
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About the Author
James Walters is Director of the London School of Economics Faith Centre, which works to promote global interfaith leadership. He is a senior lecturer in practice at the LSE and a priest in the Church of England.
Table of Contents
James Walters, Introduction Religious Imaginations and Global Transitions Craig Calhoun, The world is more than it may seem Karen Armstrong, What can our scriptures tell us? Mona Siddiqui, Time, space and the ethics of religious narratives Anba Angaelos, Christian imagination in today’s worldOphir Yarden - The Balfour Declaration: From Imagining a State to Re-imagining Majority-Minority Relations in Jewish Thought and the Jewish State John Casson, Diplomacy and the religious imagination Mena Mark Hanna, Music and the religious imagination Reimagining Doctrine Kamran Bashir: Reimagining the formative moments of Islam Mohammed Nizami: Reimagining Doctrines: Maturing religious narratives for the formulation of an Islamic political theology Abby Day, Believing in belief Elena Arlyapova: Interreligious relations in contemporary Russia (on the materials of the cities of Moscow, Kazan and Ufa) Challenges of Modern Faith Eileen Barker, New religious movements as resources in a changing world Thahir Jamal, Muslim movements as Interpreters of Islamic Principles: Imagination of a New social and political order in South India Oliver Davies, Religions and the scientific imagination Catriona Robertson, Who do you trust? Enabling cross-religious involvement in public life for a peaceful and equitable future The Making of Modern Religion Hussein Omar, The invention of ‘minority’ and the making of sectarianism in the Arab world Adrian Gregory, The birth of Christian Zionism and the origins of the Balfour Declaration Patrick Houlihan, Roman Catholicism and the origins of human rights Global Issues in Interfaith Relations Mohammed Gamal, Rethinking Islamic orthodoxy, with special reference to the theory of abrogation ‘naskh’ John Fahy, The field of interfaith in the Middle East Dimitri Cavouras, Jabaliya Bedouins and St Catherine Monks: At the crossroad of dialogue yet at the mercy of geopolitics Haydar al-Lami, Religious History and Imagined Identity: the case of Iraq-Iran War (1980-1988) Faith and diplomacy Fabio Petito & Scott Thomas, Religious Engagement in International Relations: From problem-solving theory to prophetic innovation Jenna Reinbold, Human rights as a narrative of faith Magdalena Delgado, Discerning the link between normative notions of Islam and Western populism Religion and Sustainability Khushwant Singh, Spiritual transitions: Natural development is like good medicine - It has no side effects Emmanuel Karagiannis, Understanding the Islamic Perspective on Environment - Doctrine and Practice Caleb Gordon, The Relationship of Ecological Science to Christian Narrative Imagining Religious Leadership in the Future Abu Bakr Muhammad, The role of religious leaders in ensuring a non-violent future Roland Stolte, Introducing the Foundation House of One, Bangui, CAR Megan Shore, Religious Leadership in South Africa’s transition