South Africa Risks its Status as a “Religious Rainbow Nation”

In this Comment piece, Dr Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans provides a commentary on the recent "noise complaint" about the Islamic call to prayer from the historic Zeenatul Islam Mosque in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Scharnick-Udemans is a senior researcher in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the... Continue Reading →

Sticks and Stones: Symbolic Violence and the Christian ‘Transgender Debate’

Dr Caroline Blyth is a Senior Lecturer in Theological and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. They are currently a visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds. In this piece, they explore their current research on transphobic violence that is embedded in conservative Christian interpretations of the... Continue Reading →

Adriaan van Klinken about his new book, Religions in Contemporary Africa

Dr Adriaan van klinken – Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds – is co-author of the recently published book, Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction. Here he answers some questions to introduce the book to the readers of Religion in Public. How has this book come about? When I joined the University of... Continue Reading →

Boris Johnson’s (Br)exodus

In this piece Professor Rachel Muers from Leeds University discusses a recent biblical reference made by Boris Johnson in relation to the ongoing Brexit debate. Prof. Muers specialises in modern Christian theology and ethics and is a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.  In one of his latest rhetorically-supercharged interventions in the... Continue Reading →

Collaboration with the Desmond Tutu Centre in Cape Town

The Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa. In this interview, Professor Sarojini Nadar and Dr Lee-Shae Scharnick-Udemans – Director and Senior Researcher... Continue Reading →

“We are tired of HIV, but HIV is not yet tired of us”: Ongoing Reflections on Religion and HIV

At the occasion of World Aids Day (1 December), Ezra Chitando - theological consultant for the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative and Advocacy (EHAIA) - writes about the ongoing challenge of HIV and AIDS, not only for public health programmes but also for scholars of religion. By Ezra Chitando There is... Continue Reading →

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