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The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions

Halafoff, Anna

2013, XVI, 184 p.

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  • First in-depth sociological study investigating the multifaith movement, contributing new evidence to challenge the secularisation theory
  • First book clearly explaining the role that multifaith initiatives play in countering terrorism
  • New theoretical Netpeace framework, providing a missing narrative within the sociology of religion literature

This book documents the ultramodern rise of the multifaith movement, as mulitfaith initiatives have been increasingly deployed as cosmopolitan solutions to counter global risks such as terrorism and climate change at the turn of the 21st century. These projects aim to enhance common security, particularly in Western societies following the events of September 11, 2001 and the July 2005 London bombings, where multifaith engagement has been promoted as a strategy to counter violent extremism. The author draws on interviews with 56 leading figures in the field of multifaith relations, including Paul Knitter, Eboo Patel, Marcus Braybrooke, Katherine Marshall, John Voll and Krista Tippett.

Identifying the principle aims of the multifaith movement, the analysis explores the benefits—and challenges—of multifaith engagement, as well as the effectiveness of multifaith initiatives in countering the process of radicalization. Building on notions of cosmopolitanism, the work proposes a new theoretical framework termed ‘Netpeace’, which recognizes the interconnectedness of global problems and their solutions. In doing so, it acknowledges the capacity of multi-actor peacebuilding networks, including religious and state actors, to address the pressing dilemmas of our times. The primary intention of the book is to assist in the formation of new models of activism and governance, founded on a ‘politics of understanding’ modeled by the multifaith movement.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Challenge of secularisation movement - Cosmopolitan governance and religion - Cosmopolitanism - Globalisation and religion - Interfaith - Interreligious relations - Interreligious relations and counter-terrorism - Interreligious relations and terrorism - Multifaith movement - Netpeace - Religion and governance - Sociology of religion

Related subjects » Political Science - Religious Studies

Table of contents 

Introduction: The Multifaith Movement and Common Security.- Theorising the Multifaith Movement.- The Rise of the Multifaith Movement in Ultramodernity.- The Clash between Cosmopolitans and Anti-Cosmopolitans.- 21st Century Multifaith Initiatives.- Benefits and Challenges of Multifaith Engagement.- Expanding Cognitive Frames: From Exclusivity to Pluralism.- Conclusion: Netpeace and the Politics of Understanding.​

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