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Registration open for 'Reconsidering Religious Radicalism'

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You are warmly invited to register for a day-long conference that aims to explore critically the language we use to talk about religious radicalism, featuring renowned keynote speakers from policy and academia.

The conference is being supported by the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, the Woolf Institute, and the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. 


Reconsidering Religious Radicalism


The conference will feature world-renowned keynote speakers including:

CIP Director Dr Ankur Barua will also speak. 



Saturday 21 May, 2016, 9.30-17.30 



Memorial Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge


Click here to register (closes 12 May 2016)


About the conference

As public awareness has grown concerning religion’s persistent influence in shaping world affairs, an implicit consensus appears to have been reached in how to distinguish between those religious adherents whose faith is expressed constructively – ‘moderates’ – and those whose faith is expressed destructively – ‘radicals’ or ‘extremists’.

But is this a sufficiently discriminating distinction? Does it construe the relationship between religion and violence to be one of degree – the more religious a person is, the more likely they are to support or engage in violent acts in the name of their faith? Moreover, does the terminology reflect particular biases towards specific religions, such that use or application of the term ‘radical’ (or perhaps event more likely, ‘moderate’) is more likely to be applied to some religions (e.g. Islam) than others (e.g. Christianity).

This interdisciplinary conference is focused on exploring the development of this terminology, the assumptions upon which it rests regarding religion’s relationships with other ideologies or commitments. 

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