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Dome and towers of an Ottoman-era mosque.

This year's Cambridge Alumni Festival takes place online from 24 to 28 September 2021. Alumni and guests are welcome to join Cambridge Interfaith Programme on Tuesday 28th at 11am as we consider what our research reveals about the societal impact of religious pluralism.

Religious pluralism: challenge or opportunity?

During this 50-minute panel event, Professor Esra Özyürek will speak about her research on religious conversion and national identity, some of which is documented in this CAM magazine article:

Dr Daniel Weiss (Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies) will highlight learning from the Scripture & Violence project. With Dr Julia Snyder and Dr Giles Waller, Dr Weiss has created resources that support thoughtful engagement with violent-sounding scriptural texts from different traditions.

Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović (Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme Research Associate) will discuss his fieldwork on shared sacred spaces. A digital exhibition showcasing visual dimensions of this ethnographic work is available at

The panel will be chaired by Dr Giles Waller. 

For further information and to register to attend, visit the Religious Pluralism event page on the Festival website.

Our team is also contributing to another Festival event, on Sunday 26th September:


Legacies of empire

The Ottoman Empire dissolved in the aftermath of the First World War, the British Empire in India came to an end in 1947, and the Manchu Qing Dynasty made way for the Republic of China in 1912. What legacies did the Ottomans, the British, and the Manchus leave behind in the Middle East, India, and China? Professor Özyürek discusses the topic, together with Dr Shruti Kapila (History) and Dr Hans van der Ven (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies). 

View the Legacies of empire event page for more information and to reserve a space.

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