See snapshots from our May student trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The experience allowed participants to study religion, identity, and peacebuilding at the periphery of Europe.
The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion will honor Tyson Yunkaporta, an indigenous Australian scholar and the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, as the winner of the Nasr Book Prize. Funded through the generosity of Drs. Sherif Nasr and Randa Nasr, co-founders of siParidigm Diagnostic Informatics in Pine Brook, N.J., the Nasr Book Prize highlights the work of scholars who reimagine the connection of religion and global affairs.
Alex Hsu welcomes students to consider timely questions in his “Engaging Religions” course. The Ansari Institute faculty member designed the class, which he taught most recently this past spring, to be relevant to curious global affairs students seeking to make sense of a world they hope to change.
Faculty fellow Kraig Beyerlein, associate professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame and director of the University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society, discusses how he decided to study the intersection of religion and social movements, as well as his leadership on scholarly projects exploring everything from life on the US-Mexico border to under-represented congregations in Chicago.
In this conversation, Ansari Institute Faculty Fellow Karrie J. Koesel explores how Russian President Vladimir Putin has used religious rhetoric to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine. She also highlights research and teaching projects that focus on religion and authoritarian states.
In his latest published work, Gabriel Said Reynolds explores the paradox of divine mercy and divine vengeance—a puzzle with which scholars have long wrestled. The project, Allah: God in the Qur’an, (Yale University Press, 2020), is among the most recent the Ansari Institute faculty fellow has taken on in his career, which has enabled him to engage with the Bible, the Qur’an, and Muslim-Christian relations in ways that reach both fellow scholars and a broader audience.
Embracing opportunities for dialogue with people from different traditions remains crucial for meaningful multifaith engagement. This approach is one that Ansari Institute faculty member Charles W. Powell emphasizes in his work, and one he articulated in a recent interview with the Michigan-based Chaldean Cultural Center, during a wide-ranging conversation that highlighted the importance of learning, travel, active listening, and narrative empathy.
The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion has launched a five-year strategic plan to continue its work to study, learn from, and collaborate with religious communities worldwide. The plan, which was recently announced at a public gathering on the University of Notre Dame’s campus, envisions the institute as a “crossroad of religions” where voices from multiple faith traditions can engage with one another, and with secular actors and institutions, in respectful dialogue that will help to build a better world.
The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion will continue its work to change the conversation about religion with a new book prize that will recognize scholars who reimagine the connection of religion and global affairs.
In his latest work, Ansari Institute Faculty Fellow Thomas Tweed explores how religion has shaped human society thus far—and how it continues to do so in powerful and complicated ways.
Tinaishe Maramba, a master of global affairs student at the Keough School, reflects on his summer experience as an Ansari Institute intern with Religions for Peace.
The terrorist attacks of September 11 and the response to them have shaped the world in profound ways, creating a global climate of conflict that now hangs over a new generation of rising leaders. Now, twenty years later, is it possible to change the conversation and better work toward peace and justice? A new Keough School policy conversation series explores this question, bringing together a diverse group of experts to share insights that can inform public conversation and inspire activists, academics, government officials, and policymakers to work for change.
The University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs, and South Bend communities mourn the passing of Asmaa El Messnaoui, a graduate of the school’s master of global affairs (MGA) program. Asmaa passed away June 15 following a cycling accident in Iowa.
Film and television can help combat Islamophobia through rich storytelling, members of the Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) team shared during a recent conversation with Mahan Mirza, executive director of the Ansari Institute.
Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a faculty fellow of the Ansari Institute, is the recipient of the 2021 Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award. The honor, given by the Religion and International Section of the International Studies Association, recognizes his pioneering contributions over 25 years as one of the earliest scholars of the “religious turn” in the study of international relations.…
In this conversation, Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings explores the importance of a global perspective to her work as director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, and highlights her efforts as a historian to elevate stories of women and people of color. She also shares some recent highlights from her teaching experience at Notre Dame, and considers the opportunity President Joe Biden has to articulate a vision for the United States that draws from his Catholic faith.
In this conversation, PhD candidate Lailatul Fitriyah shares her perspective on the issues she highlighted as part of a social media campaign for International Women’s Day 2021.
A recent Ansari Institute panel discussion, “Peace in Absentia: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Voices on Arab-Israeli Normalization,” explored religious perspectives on how to pursue a sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The conversation was co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Program in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, and Department of Classics.
Can religious experiences help us to establish truths about religion? That was the question participants wrestled with during the most recent session of Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths.
In recent weeks, Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths has explored multiple arguments for the existence of God. Class participants have weighed and debated different cases for religious belief. But the latest session took a different approach. This time, classmates explored the importance of faith in justifying belief.
How does one reconcile God’s existence with the undeniable existence of evil in the world? If God is all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful, how can he permit evil to exist?That was the question participants wrestled with in the latest session of Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths, a free, online class offered by the Ansari Institute.
How do religion and science interact, and how might we think about their relationship? Participants discussed these questions in the latest session of Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths, a free, online class offered by the Ansari Institute
Our universe is finely tuned to support life. If, for instance, the Big Bang, gravity, or electromagnetic force were just slightly weaker, life would not exist. And since this did not happen by chance or necessity, that points to the existence of an intelligent designer—God. Participants explored this argument during the latest session of Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths, a free, online class offered by the Ansari Institute.
Is it possible to have a philosophical and rational proof of God’s existence? One answer comes in the form of another question: Why is there something rather than nothing? This question, articulated by the 18th-century German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, animated the most recent session of Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths.
What if there are a plurality of paths to salvation, and each of the great world religions offers such a path? Participants discussed this idea of religious pluralism, which is articulated in the Hindu parable about the blind men and the elephant, during the third session of Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths. The class, offered by the Ansari Institute, meets online Thursday evenings and is free and open to the public.
When one encounters the rich diversity of the world’s religions, working to understand different faith traditions can promote tolerance, interreligious dialogue, and peace. This was the idea students explored during the second session of “Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths.” The class, offered by the Ansari Institute, meets online Thursday evenings and is free and open to the public.
How can we navigate the ups and downs of life? What goes into our decisions? How do understanding and judgement differ? And what is the role of philosophy in helping us to understand the world? These were among the big questions students wrestled with during the first session of the Ansari Institute’s new online class, “Everyday Religion in a World of Many Faiths.” The class, which is free and open to the public, started Sept. 3 and will meet on Thursday evenings for 10 weeks, through Nov. 5.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion will host a series of workshops that will help change the conversation about religion by bringing journalists, scholars, and faith practitioners together to learn from each other and better communicate their perspectives.
When Julia French traveled to Oman as part of a Keough School class on global religion and politics, she quickly dove into challenging conversations. The University of Notre Dame sophomore from Raleigh, NC, heard from Bangladeshi students who worried that Rohingya refugees were taking too many resources from their country, one of the world’s poorest. It was a perspective French hadn’t encountered in reading media coverage of the larger humanitarian crisis.…
Meeting and talking to believers from other faith traditions enables people to move beyond stereotypes and build lasting trust and understanding, author and scholar Kelly James Clark argued during a recent campus visit.