The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan by Anna Halafoff

By Anna Halafoff

This ebook files the ultramodern upward push of the multifaith circulation, as mulitfaith projects were more and more deployed as cosmopolitan ideas to counter worldwide dangers reminiscent of terrorism and weather swap on the flip of the 21st century. those initiatives goal to augment universal protection, quite in Western societies following the occasions of September eleven, 2001 and the July 2005 London bombings, the place multifaith engagement has been promoted as a method to counter violent extremism. the writer attracts on interviews with fifty six major figures within the box of multifaith family, together with Paul Knitter, Eboo Patel, Marcus Braybrooke, Katherine Marshall, John Voll and Krista Tippett.

Identifying the main goals of the multifaith move, the research explores the benefits—and challenges—of multifaith engagement, in addition to the effectiveness of multifaith projects in countering the method of radicalization. development on notions of cosmopolitanism, the paintings proposes a brand new theoretical framework termed ‘Netpeace’, which acknowledges the interconnectedness of worldwide difficulties and their ideas. In doing so, it recognizes the potential of multi-actor peacebuilding networks, together with non secular and nation actors, to deal with the urgent dilemmas of our instances. the first purpose of the ebook is to help within the formation of latest versions of activism and governance, based on a ‘politics of knowing’ modeled via the multifaith movement.

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Benhabib (2004b, 2007: 454) labels these deliberations ‘“democratic iterations” … through which universalist rights claims and principles are contested and contextualised, invoked and revoked, posited and positioned throughout legal and political institutions, as well as in the associations of civil society’. Benhabib (1992b, 2004b, 2007: 455) also notes that it is vital that these democratic iterations be carried out according to the premise of a ‘discourse ethic’, which guarantees equality of participation.

Over time an enlightened global community will no longer require laws to keep its members in line or policies to guide them. However, until such time as this occurs laws remain necessary, and these laws must always be balanced with granting freedom and rights for all, as long as they do not impede the rights of others. Despite the potential risks that this entails, Kant ([1784a] 2006: 8, 12, 14, [1784b] 2006: 22) argued that these conditions would more likely lead to collective enlightenment than oppressive regimes that forbid free expression and thereby thwart enlightening processes.

In addition, the global war on terror waged by the USA and its allies ‘squeeze[d] the space for global civil society’ (Kaldor 2003a: 148). The anti-globalisation movement postponed or cancelled protests (Kaldor 2003a: 154) and women’s and environmental initiatives ceased to receive public funding. However, the global peace movement expanded its circle to include more religious communities, especially Muslim groups, and mass demonstrations in opposition to the war in Iraq were held throughout the world (Kaldor 2003a: 154; Beck 2006: 118).

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