The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions

Authors: Halafoff, Anna

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Dr. Anna Halafoff is a lecturer at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University in Sociology, the Master of Counter Terrorism Studies and the Master of Islamic Studies programs. She is also a researcher for the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash. Anna was recognised as a United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Global Expert in the fields of multifaith relations and religion and peacebuilding in 2011.

Reviews

“In this important book Anna Halafoff both maps out the history of what she terms the multifaith movement as well as looks at where it is today and where it may be headed. … Halafoff’s book is a welcome and significant contribution to such areas as Interreligious Studies, the sociology of religion, and religion and politics. … I fully recommend this book to anyone looking at any of the issues discussed.” (Paul Hedges, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Vol. 29 (1), 2016)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Multifaith Movement, Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions

    Halafoff, Anna

    Pages 1-8

  • Social Movements, Cosmopolitanism and Multifaith Engagement

    Halafoff, Anna

    Pages 9-34

  • The Rise of the Multifaith Movement: 1893–1992

    Halafoff, Anna

    Pages 35-54

  • Multifaith Engagement in the 1990s

    Halafoff, Anna

    Pages 55-70

  • 21st Century Multifaith Initiatives

    Halafoff, Anna

    Pages 71-94

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eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5210-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5210-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5209-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9695-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 184
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