Research workshop “Theory from the South: Africa as a Site for Understanding Contemporary Religion”

On 25-26 January 2018, the University of Leeds hosts a research workshop on the theme  "Theory from the South: Africa as a Site for Understanding Contemporary Religion". The workshop opens on Thursday 25 January with a public research seminar where Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University) will talk about "Studying Religion in and from Africa". This seminar starts... Continue Reading →

New book by Prof Mellor: Uncovering Social Life

We are pleased to announce that Philip Mellor, Professor of Religion and Social Theory at the University of Leeds, and member of the CRPL, has just published a new book. Entitled Uncovering Social Life: Critical Perspectives from Sociology, he co-authored the book together with Chris Shilling from the University of Kent. Uncovering Social Life engages... Continue Reading →

Taking Research into the Community: Empowering Bradford’s Muslim Women through Hadith

In this blog post, our PhD student Sofia Rehman writes about her recent experience of public engagement and impact work with the Muslim Women's Council in Bradford. By Sofia Rehman Shortly after starting my PhD programme, I was invited by the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science, to submit an application for the... Continue Reading →

Report on Same-Sex Marriage and Places of Worship in England and Wales

CRPL member Professor Robert Vanderbeck was involved in a research project on the solemnization of same-sex marriage in places of worship in England and Wales. The report with the research findings was recently released. The report highlights the disadvantage faced by same-sex couples seeking a religious marriage ceremony. It shows that same-sex couples are prohibited... Continue Reading →

Sikh Radicalisation in Britain

CRPL researcher Dr Jasjit Singh writes about the findings of his recently completed research project on Sikh radicalisation in Britain, the report of which was published last week. He found very little evidence of religious radicalisation but did find that Sikh activism in Britain actually contributes positively to integration and social cohesion. Sikh Radicalisation in... Continue Reading →

Clamour: Pentecostal Contestations over Women in Ministry

Jamys Carter - a PhD student associated with the Centre for Religion and Public Life -  writes about the picture he submitted to the University of Leeds' "Postgraduate Research Image of the Year" competition, which captures his research about the question of women in ministry in a British Pentecostal church. By Jamys Carter Sometimes people... Continue Reading →

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