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The Challenges of Religious Literacy

The Case of Finland

Editors: Sakaranaho, Tuula, Aarrevaara, Timo, Konttori, Johanna (Eds.)

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  • Acts as the only available analysis of religious literacy as a social and civic competence in welfare and plural society
  • Includes sections for the third sector and multi-faith schools
  • Fills an evident demand in the Nordic countries 
  • Is of interest to professionals and teachers in European secular societies


  • ISBN 978-3-030-47576-5
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on
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価格の適用国: Japan (日本円価格は個人のお客様のみ有効) (小計)

This open access book presents religious literacy as the main explanatory factor when dealing with certain ethnic groups that attract stereotypes which gloss over other personal factors such as age, class, gender and cultural differences. It discusses freedom of religion, and the Christian revival movement. It examines religious literacy and religious diversity in multi-faith schools. It looks into the role of Mosques and Islamic divorce. Finally, it discusses the prevention of violent radicalization and extremism in Finland. Using recent data on Finnish secular society, the book promotes a new understanding which is needed with respect to popular and media portrayal of religion, or with respect to public discussion about religion. It addresses actors in civic society, public servants and higher education.


Dr. Tuula Sakaranaho is Professor of the Study of Religions and Vice Dean, at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. Her research interests concern the governance of religious diversity in a multicultural European society, with a special focus on religious freedom and Muslims in Europe. She has also published on religious education in Finland and on Islamic religious education in Finland and Ireland.

Dr. Timo Aarrevaara is a Professor of Public Management at the University of Lapland, Principal investigator of the research team of Professions in Arctic Societies, co-editor in Spring Changing Academy Series and has conducted number of scholarly projects.

Dr. Johanna Konttori  is a research coordinator at the University of Helsinki. In her doctoral work (2015) she examined the political debates on headscarves and full veils in 21st-century France. Her main areas of expertise include state–religion relations, religions in the public sphere, and Islam, all in the European context. These topics also informed her postdoctoral research, in which she examined religious literacy in Finland

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Setting the Stage

    Pages 1-8

    Sakaranaho, Tuula (et al.)

  • “There Is Freedom of Religion in Finland, But…” The Helsinki Mosque Debate

    Pages 9-24

    Pauha, Teemu (et al.)

  • Laestadians in the Public Sphere: Reading the Biggest Christian Revival Movement in Finland

    Pages 25-38

    Nykänen, Tapio (et al.)

  • Challenges of Religious Literacy in Education: Islam and the Governance of Religious Diversity in Multi-faith Schools

    Pages 39-53

    Rissanen, Inkeri (et al.)

  • Governing Divorce Practices of Somali Finnish Muslims: Does Religious Literacy Matter?

    Pages 55-66

    Al-Sharmani, Mulki (et al.)


  • ISBN 978-3-030-47576-5
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on
ソフトカバー ¥2,859
価格の適用国: Japan (日本円価格は個人のお客様のみ有効) (小計)





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Book Title
The Challenges of Religious Literacy
Book Subtitle
The Case of Finland
  • Tuula Sakaranaho
  • Timo Aarrevaara
  • Johanna Konttori
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies
Springer International Publishing
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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XI, 84