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Scholars, practitioners discuss religion and South Asia at first ND South Asia Group conference

Author: Lakshmi Iyer and Susan Ostermann

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Rahul Oka The Notre Dame South Asia Group, a multidisciplinary working group of the Liu Institute, brought together scholars and practitioners at its first conference on May 14 and 15 at the Washington, DC, office of the Keough School of Global Affairs. The theme was “Religion, Public Policy, and Development.”…

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Ansari Institute statement on mass shooting at Christchurch mosques

Author: Ansari Institute

The Ansari Institute condemns the attack on Friday worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday March 15, 2019. We offer our condolences to all those affected directly and indirectly, in the Pacific and around the world. We cannot allow the shock of this horrific act of violence, which aims to divide us, slow our efforts to come together. At this historical moment when voices that promote hate and violence instantly cross the globe, we cannot hesitate to counter divisive voices and, with deep sadness but renewed resolve, rededicate ourselves to fostering peaceful and just communities that derive strength from diversity.…

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‘I Hope Pope Francis Will Call for Full Freedom for Everyone in Every Muslim-Majority Country’: Daniel Philpott interview with Zenit

Author: Zenit

Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and Ansari Institute affiliate, recently spoke to Zenit’s Deborah Castellano Lubov about Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates.

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Study finds Muslim-majority countries lack, but hold surprising potential for, religious freedom

Author: Amanda Skofstad

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In his newest research, Daniel Philpott, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, examines conditions in 47 Muslim-majority countries and considers a question at the center of intense public debate: Is Islam hostile to religious freedom?

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Sociologist Christian Smith wins book award for research building innovative theory of religion

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, has won the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 2018 Distinguished Book Award. The honor, conferred upon the most outstanding book published by an SSSR member in the past two years, lauded the “impressive accomplishment” of Smith’s Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters…

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Ansari Institute statement on mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Author: Ansari Institute

The Ansari Institute condemns the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We mourn with friends and relatives of the eleven worshippers killed by gunfire, and stand in solidarity with all Jews in Pittsburgh, across the nation, and around the world. At a historical moment when ethno-religious nationalism is rising, and we see more and more anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, it is tragic but not surprising that the gunman, who “wanted all Jews to die,” also was outraged that HIAS, the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees, had aided displaced Muslims and migrants of other faiths. Evidence suggests the assailant shot the worshippers because HIAS is resettling “invaders” that “kill our people.” But, for us, all …

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Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion announces inaugural events

Author: Christine Cox

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The new Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame will officially launch with private and public events this month. On Oct. 25, religion historian Thomas Tweed, founding director of the Ansari Institute, will deliver the inaugural keynote address titled “Engaging Religion” at 5 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.…

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Thomas Tweed named founding director of Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Author: Christine Cox

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Thomas Tweed, a historian committed to improving public understanding of religions, has been appointed founding director of the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, effective July 1. Tweed came to Notre Dame in 2013 as the Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and professor of history, roles he will retain. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest society for scholars of religion in the world, and has also served on the international advisory board for Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.…

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