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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

 

A variety of cutting-edge research projects are currently being conducted by researchers affiliated with the Cambridge Interfaith Programme and the Faculty of Divinity.

 

CIP Religion and Global Challenges Initiative

The CIP Religion and Global Challenges Initiative seeks to generate tangible and sustainable solutions to worldwide problems by deepening understanding of the role that religious communities play – and could play – in exacerbating or in alleviating such problems. It will bring together theologians, social and natural scientists and religious communities to think through the most pressing global challenges facing us today.

 

The Scripture & Violence Project

The Scripture & Violence Project is a research and impact project focused on illuminating the complex relationship between scriptural texts and real-world acts of violence, challenging assumptions that are commonly held in the public sphere.

 

Shared Sacred 

The Shared Sacred project focuses on the spatial and temporal modes of proximity between persons and communities of ‘different’ faith. It will be inaugurated in 2021 through four main activities: a) an experimental panel on inter-faith photography for wide audiences; b) an exhibition of anthropological photography; c) an academic symposium, and d) a drawing competition for Cambridgeshire's schoolchildren. 

 

Holocaust Memory and Muslims in Germany

This is the first ever major study to analyse and propose ways of improving Holocaust education programs designed for Muslims.

 

Making British Islam Across Generations

How do different generations of Muslims understand what it means to be a Muslim in the UK? This is a collaboration between University of Cambridge Divinity Faculty and the Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative.

 

The Politics of Afterlives: Martyrdom and the Making of a Transnational Kurdish Political Community

This project investigates the role that martyrdom plays in the ongoing Kurdish conflict.

 

Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion

Every year more and more Europeans are embracing Islam, and Islam is also increasingly seen as contrary to European values. This project explores how converts balance their love for Islam with society's fear of it, and how they shape debates about race, religion, and belonging in today’s Europe.

 

Bosnian Sacred Landscapes

This is a long-term investigation of sacred landscapes shared by different Bosnian communities of faith after the 1990s conflict, with special focus on the Dinaric highlands. 

 

Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Racism

This project explores the complicated relationships between antisemitism, islamophobia, and other kinds of racism and discrimination. 

 

Conversion from Islam to Christianity

This project explores the dynamics and symbolism of Muslim conversions to Christianity in Turkey and in Europe.

 

Islam and Secularism in Turkey

This project explores how Islamic, secular, and nationalist worldviews compete with each other in the political sphere.

 

Scriptural Reasoning in the University

Scriptural Reasoning in the University is an academic collaboration between scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, who use the practice of Scriptural Reasoning as a springboard to knowledge exchange and critical reflection.

Latest news

Introduction to Scriptural Reasoning in German Published

2 April 2021

A short German-language introduction to the interfaith practice of Scriptural Reasoning by Cambridge researcher Dr Julia Snyder has now been published. Scriptural Reasoning brings people of different faith traditions together to read scriptures and build understanding.

Vacancy: CIP Communications and Programme Manager (Part Time, Fixed Term)

31 March 2021

Cambridge Interfaith Programme (CIP) seeks an enthusiastic and creative Communications and Programme Manager to join a dynamic team who carry out research and public engagement in the broad area of interreligious relations.

CIP Seminar in Inter-religious Relations, Easter Term 2020/21

26 March 2021

CIP Seminar in Inter-religious Relations continues online in the Easter Term of 2020/21, with talks by Professor Ayala Fader, Professor Niloofar Haeri and Professor Jackie Feldman.