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Extremists strive in times of crisis: the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception

Published in: 12 May 2020 Written by: Michael C. Zeller All articles by: Michael C. Zeller

The pandemic crisis offers opportunities for extremist groups to attract those most hardly hit, but there are ways to prevent this.

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We live in what has been called ‘an age of pluralism’ and yet religious diversity remains a challenging issue for most societies.

Controversies around religious dress and buildings, urban riots, communal violence, and acts of terror have raised questions over the place of religion today. In European societies, responses have focused on secularism as a mode of governing religion and religious diversity. However, secularism is in itself contested, takes many forms, and depends on the overall institutional framework.

The articles in this series reflect on how states in Europe, the Maghreb, South and Southeast Asia as well as the Asia Pacific govern religious diversity and offer novel perspectives on the place and role of religion in the public sphere.  

The content in GLOBAL EXTREMES is produced by the scholars and stakeholders in the GREASE and BRaVE research projects.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the GREASE project (grant no. 770640) and the BRaVE project (grant no. 822189).

The opinions expressed in these blog posts are the sole responsibility of the authors. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information or opinions contained herein.

Is there a difference between a niqab and a face mask?

Published in: 6 May 2020 Written by: Thomas Sealy All articles by: Thomas Sealy

The prevalence of face masks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic might help spark a more constructive conversation on the niqab.

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Shock and resilience: responding to recent cases of extremist violence

Lethal attacks carried out in places of worship over the past months have reignited public debate about religious diversity, violent radicalisation and the role of modern states in responding to such events.

The responses of governments have varied significantly, both in terms of policy and the categorisation of perpetrators of such attacks. Different labels and legal categories such as ‘terrorism’, ‘mental health’ and ‘hate crimes’ have been employed to identify substantially similar acts.

Taking reactions to the New Zealand mosque shootings on 15 March 2019 as a point of departure, this series of articles provides a range of insightful reflections from diverse viewpoints on how religiously-inspired violent radicalisation is shaping our societies, and how our societies and governments can respond to it.

The content in GLOBAL EXTREMES is produced by the scholars and stakeholders in the GREASE and BRaVE research projects.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the GREASE project (grant no. 770640) and the BRaVE project (grant no. 822189).

The opinions expressed in these blog posts are the sole responsibility of the authors. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information or opinions contained herein.

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