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Can Interfaith Dialogue Happen Online?

Julian Bond, formerly Director of Christian Muslim Forum (2006 to 2015), has a formidable social media presence. Unlike many, however, his twitter exchanges are most notable for… Continue reading

French Presidential Election (2nd Round Special): What will Macron and Le Pen Do Regarding Religion in France?

In the inevitable chaos of an election campaign, it's always difficult to decipher the differences between what a politician says in their manifesto, and the policies they are… Continue reading

Grassroots Interfaith Brings Together Christians & Muslims in Mombasa, Kenya

There have been relatively good relations between Christian and Muslims in Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city, until the onset of terror attacks on churches from the start of… Continue reading

The Middle East's First World Cup

The Middle East's first World Cup A report on the 5th annual Woolf Institute/Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue lecture, delivered by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary… Continue reading

Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory

Artist Laurie Wohl reflects on the inspiration/aspiration for her project "Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory"   I am an unweaver. My Unweavings® fiber art pieces – using… Continue reading

Paris and London Face to Face

Woolf Institute research in Paris: "Religion, social action and urban policy: London and Paris face to face" by Junior Research Fellow Dr Sami Everett Critical comparative… Continue reading

Find Your Voice: Study Online

Where in the real world can people from Saudi Arabia and Israel, from Pakistan and Morocco, discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict in a safe and secure environment? Where can you learn… Continue reading

My Personal Brexit

Woolf Alumna Aga Cahn reflects on her experience of the Referendum and its aftermath. On 23 June 2016, when the British government held the "EU Referendum", I was in Poland. I… Continue reading

Cartoons Against Fear

 Finn Schulze-Feldmann explains the work of Bildkorrektur: a design collective combatting fear and prejudice in contemporary Germany. 'Fear not' – the first words spoken by… Continue reading

Shifting Cultures

Shifting Cultures Jessica Tearney-Pearce discusses the theme and content of a recent workshop held at Universität Konstanz, 'Shifting cultures and rituals in the medieval… Continue reading

"Muttongate Plaque" Unveiled

Mark Harris describes the outcome of his "Quest" to find the location of medieval Huntingdon's synagogue. NEVER could I have imagined, on moving to Cambridge from London seven… Continue reading

Reflections on Studying at Cambridge (3)

MPhil student Mohammad Shomali reflects on his academic year on the University of Cambridge MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations).… Continue reading

Love for the 'Other'

Eva Simmons discusses two tales of love for the 'Other' – in the Modern Middle East. The period from 2014 to 2015 was a bloody time in the Middle East. Bitter clashes, some… Continue reading

The Transforming Potential of Awe

The Transforming Potential of Awe Dr Andy Tix reflects on the centrality of awe in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim experience, and the potential for this emotion to promote… Continue reading

My PhD Journey: Year 2

My PhD Journey: Year 2 Rodrigo Garcia-Velasco, first awardee of the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship, reflects on his second year on the PhD programme at the University of… Continue reading

My PhD Journey: Year 1

My PhD Journey: Year 1 Austin Tiffany, awardee of the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship, reflects on his first year on the PhD programme at the University of Cambridge. The… Continue reading

The Power of Words

Dr Carmen Cáliz-Montoro writes some reflections on how words' sacred nature is mostly ignored and misused to the extent that rather than being conducive to dialogue, words… Continue reading

A French Terror-Politik?

A French Terror-Politik? Dr Sami Everett reflects on French politics and policy-making in the six months since the November 13 attacks. It has been a little over six months… Continue reading

Interfaith and the Worldwide Krishna Movement

Interfaith and the Worldwide Krishna Movement Dr John Fahy reflects on the theme of interfaith at a recent conference at Harvard University. Last week I was invited to present… Continue reading

German Struggles with Diversity

German Struggles with Diversity Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock examines the results of an academic workshop he recently hosted in Berlin to reflect on the implications of growing cultural… Continue reading

Jewish Conditions, Theories of Nationalism

2016 Woolf Institute Visiting Fellow, Professor John A Hall reflects on the theme of a forthcoming conference. Professor John A Hall European thinkers with Jewish… Continue reading

Student Insights (2)

Student Insights (2) Continuing the series of blog posts written by Woolf Institute online students, Andrea Musumeci reflects on the Woolf Institute course, Jews, Christians and… Continue reading

Religions Against Extremism

Religions against extremism Writing on his blog, Nigel Baker, British Ambassador to the Holy See, discusses religions against extremism. We reproduce the article here by kind… Continue reading

The Resilience of the Grassroots

In his second blog post following a recent visit to Jerusalem and Amman, PhD student Austin Tiffany looks at the resilience of the grassroots. Throughout the pilgrimage, the… Continue reading

The Complexity of Sacred Space

Following a recent visit to Jerusalem and Amman, PhD student Austin Tiffany reflects on the politics and resilience of sacred space. In the first of two blog posts, Austin looks… Continue reading

My Practical Approach to Interfaith Dialogue

Natalia Finfando reflects on religious education in schools and in her charity work. I have just received the Report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British… Continue reading

Crisis in Berlin and Paris

Crisis in Berlin and Paris Dr Christina Fuhr reflects on the recent event "Crisis in Berlin and Paris: Diversity, Culture, and the Good Life". Europe has been hit by various… Continue reading

Religious Texts, Tolerance and Intolerance

Dr Ed Kessler writes about the challenges of reading tolerant and intolerant texts from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Scriptures. When the Woolf Institute convened its… Continue reading

Reflecting on Lent

University of Cambridge PhD student Austin Tiffany reflects on Ash Wednesday and marking the beginning of Lent. Beverley Minster (photo: Austin Tiffany) Ash Wednesday has… Continue reading

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 Cambridge Theological Federation students reflect on the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative event they organised this year. Carolyn: It was a… Continue reading

Minorities and Egyptian Cartoons

What do animated cartoons tell us about Egypt's politics? Egypt was the first Arab country to establish animation production, already as early as the 1930s. Being an extremely… Continue reading

Towards a Tolerant and Pluralist Society?

MPhil student Madeleine Ary reflects on the conference, "1656, Cromwell and the Readmission of Jews: Towards a Tolerant and Pluralist Society?" As an American, the British… Continue reading

Refugees Experience Diversity through Local Museums

Refugees Experience Diversity through Local Museums Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock explores the role of local museums in Berlin, with their depictions of migrant histories for integration… Continue reading

Interfaith Dialogue and Friendship

Interfaith Dialogue and Friendship Dr Ann Conway-Jones reflects on the Limmud session she co-presented with Rabbi Margaret Jacobi and Rehanah Sadiq. From L-R: Dr Ann… Continue reading

RE-framing Education

"RE-framing education about beliefs and practices in schools: a lens and tools (concept based) approach" - reflections from the conference in March, 2014 to publication, December,… Continue reading

A New Vatican Document

A New Vatican Document Dr Ed Kessler writes about a new Vatican document on relations with Jews and Judaism. 10 December 2015 Press conference with, from L-R, Rev. Norbert J.… Continue reading

Interfaith Refugee Ministry in West Virginia, USA

Lynn Clarke reflects on interfaith efforts to counter anti-refugee sentiment in coal country. I live in economically depressed coal country in Charleston, West Virginia, USA.… Continue reading

Living with Difference

Dr Ed Kessler reflects on some of the controversy surrounding 'Living with Difference': the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life. Front cover… Continue reading

Putting Virtues into Practice

Putting Virtues into Practice: An Inside View on Roman Catholics' Responses to Migration in France Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière writes about his ongoing research project on how… Continue reading

Nostra Aetate at 50: Past, Present and Future

Bee Korn attended the Lily Montagu Lecture delivered by Dr Ed Kessler at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood. Lily Montagu* In 1965, Nostra Aetate defined the… Continue reading

The Force of the Argument and the State of Debate

Professor Simon Lee reflects on the Woolf Institute seminar of 25 November 2015, in which Lord Rowan Williams, Dr Atif Imtiaz and Dr Ed Kessler discussed how faith communities… Continue reading

A Day at the British Museum

A Day at the British Museum Reflections on the British Museum exhibition, 'Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs' As part of the Muslim-Jewish Relations MPhil programme at the… Continue reading

Reflections on Studying at Cambridge (2)

2014-15 MPhil student Elisheva Malkiel discusses the research for her dissertation for the University of Cambridge MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish… Continue reading

Trust in Religious Leadership

Trust in Religious Leadership Reverend Neil Thorogood reflects on the recent event, Trust in Religious Leadership. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin… Continue reading

The Communion of Struggle: Celebrating 50 Years of Nostra Aetate

Wednesday 28 October 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. To commemorate the occasion, Lindsay Ann Cox reflects on the recent Canadian celebratory conference, The… Continue reading

La Bonne Mère de Marseille

La Bonne Mère de Marseille Jessica Tearney-Pearce reflects on a recent visit to a basilica in France where Muslim pilgrims and pilgrims of multiple Christian denominations are… Continue reading

Student Insights (1)

In the first of a series of blog posts written by Woolf Institute online students, Samia Hathroubi reflects on her reasons for taking the Woolf Institute course, Jews,… Continue reading

Symposium on Religious Conversion

Philip Rushworth looks back at the Symposium convened by the Woolf Institute and the Centre of Islamic Studies. The Woolf Institute in partnership with the Centre of Islamic… Continue reading

The Trust Panel Series

Trust: The Woolf Institute Panel Series Lord Ian Blair reflects on the Woolf Institute's Trust panel series in anticipation of the upcoming Trust in Religious Leadership… Continue reading

Faith and Discipline

Dr Sami Everett reflects on a workshop centring on Radical Interdisciplinarity and its application to the notion of Trust. As an ethnographer involved in a project… Continue reading

Refugees in Germany: Learning from Berlin?

Dr Jan-Jonathan Bock reflects on whether Berlin's Neukölln district offers lessons for the whole country. The refugee situation dominates the year 2015. In the summer, the… Continue reading

Global Faith Relations

Sughra Ahmed reflects on our recent study programme on Global Faith Relations where delegates grappled with understanding religion, diplomacy and communities in a global… Continue reading

Conferences

Conferences Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner talks about her love of conferences. There appear to be two kinds of academics: those who loathe conferences and believe they are a waste of… Continue reading

Minority Religious Identity, the Military, and the European Citizen

As a further background post to his extended fieldwork, Dr Sami Everett considers some of what is at stake in the conversation around social values between religious communities… Continue reading

Thomas Merton and Interfaith Dialogue

Thomas Merton and Interfaith Dialogue As 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth, Susanne Jennings highlights Merton in his interfaith context. Thomas Merton… Continue reading

Reflections on Studying at Cambridge (1)

MPhil student Diane Schumann reflects on her academic year on the University of Cambridge MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations). Diane… Continue reading

Nostra Aetate Celebrations and Meeting Pope Francis

Dr Ed Kessler reflects on his recent visit to Rome. Ed Kessler meets Pope Francis at the ICCJ Conference in Rome Earlier this month, I joined more than 250 Jews and… Continue reading

History in Fragments

History in Fragments Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner discusses her main languages of research, Judeo-Arabic and Arabic. CUL Or. 1081.2.46: A Judaeo-Arabic Cairo Genizah letter from the… Continue reading

Running and Raising Money

Novice runner Dr Emma Harris reflects on the Vitality British 10k London Run and helping the Woolf Institute raise funds for its student bursaries. The Team Pre-Race It was a… Continue reading

Wittgenstein and Interreligious Communication

Dr Gorazd Andrejč reflects on the recent Woolf Institute conference on Wittgenstein and Interreligious Communication. I find it somewhat awkward to reflect on a conference… Continue reading

Focus on Community Relations in Paris: La Goutte d'Or

As an introductory post to his thinking and research, Dr Sami Everett reflects here on inter-religious life in Paris broadly and in particular zooms in on a postcolonial urban… Continue reading

Minorities and Popular Culture in the Modern Middle East (2)

Cambridge MPhil student Özgecan Atasoy reflects on the recent workshop organised by the Woolf Institute and the SOAS Centre for Cultural Literary and Postcolonial Studies.… Continue reading

Minorities and Popular Culture in the Modern Middle East (1)

Minorities and Popular Culture in the Modern Middle East (1): Examining Middle Eastern Societies from the Edge Woolf Institute Visiting Fellow Dr Hanan Hammad reflects on the… Continue reading

My PhD Journey: Year 1

Rodrigo Garcia-Velasco, the first awardee of the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship, reflects on his first year on the PhD programme at the University of Cambridge. Rodrigo… Continue reading

Is Secularisation Good for Interreligious Relations?

Is Secularisation Good for Interreligious Relations? Dr Gorazd Andrejč reflects on the relation between secularisation and interreligious relations in Europe. Some of the issues… Continue reading

Getting Involved

Jennifer Preston's prize-winning blog post reflects on the Youth Hearing of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life It is a rare occurrence in modern… Continue reading

Chagall in Brussels

Dr Emma Harris visits the exhibition, Chagall: Retrospective in Brussels. As you walk up the stairs to the Woolf Institute offices in Grange Road, one wall is adorned with… Continue reading

Hay Festival 2015

Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner experiences the Hay Festival 2015. When I showed the first draft of this blog entry to my husband, he advised me with his usual rather blunt honesty… Continue reading

Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers

Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers, Film by Karim Miské The Woolf Institute is delighted to welcome filmmaker and writer, Karim Miské, to Cambridge on Wednesday 10 June 2015… Continue reading

A Day Trip to Paris

A Day Trip to Paris Diane Schumann, Elisheva Rosen-Malkiel and Esther-Miriam Wagner visit Paris. Muslim-Jewish relations in France are the focus of a seminar which academics… Continue reading

The Idea of Europe

Peterhouse Theory Group's series on The Idea of Europe Ed Kessler spoke on The Changing Religious Landscape: Implications for European Foreign Affairs As part of the… Continue reading

Minorities in Contact

Minorities in Contact A conference on the history of interfaith relations   How do we define religious minorities and how do these groups define their identity with regard… Continue reading

Sponsor Our Runners...

To sponsor one of our runners, do visit the Woolf Institute's JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/woolfinstitute/ or click on the individual names below. Many thanks… Continue reading

CORAB Youth Hearing

On the 26th February, the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB) hosted a national youth hearing at the University of Birmingham, bringing together… Continue reading

Freedom to Offend: A Path to Conflict?

This week marked Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Remembering the Holocaust protects us all, not just Jews, partly because today… Continue reading

Austerity and Our Social Future

'Austerity and Our Social Future' Roundtable Day Event – A Broker for Dialogue and Understanding The 2007-8 financial crisis resulted in a drawn-out recession in Europe not… Continue reading

End of Life Care

Patients and their relatives have a right to be cared for in a holistic fashion by both clinical and non-clinical care. This was at the heart of a conference we held at 1… Continue reading

Playing and Praying?

On Wednesday 22nd October this blog hosted a live stream of the Festival of Ideas Panel Event: Playing and Praying? Sport and Religion in Britain Today. Did you miss it? Don't… Continue reading

Religion and Belief in Belfast 2014

This article is a personal reflection on the Commission on Religion and Belief's Public Hearing in Belfast by Liran Morav. In recent years questions on religion, belief and… Continue reading


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