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03: Religion and Power

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The claim to political power posed by religion will be analysed with regard to its historical development and in light of the contemporary situation. The aim here is to deconstruct the widespread conception that religion is deployed in claims to power only within the context of Islamism. To what extent is the Christian religion likewise deployed by political actors and politicised? The Enlightenment was the point at which people began to break with religion as an arbiter of power. Are we now at a turning point at which a new Enlightenment is required so as not to fall back into forms of rule we once believed had become obsolete?

Professor of Islamic Philosophy, State Islamic University of Yogyakarta
Lecturer, Theology Faculty, Satya Wacana Christian University

Dr. Fatimah HUSEIN

Professor of Islamic Philosophy, State Islamic University of Yogyakarta

B.A, IAIN - State Institute of Islamic Studies, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy and Theology, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta Master, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal PhD, MIALS - Melbourne Institute of Languages and Societies, The University of Melbourne Department of Economics, International Program, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta CRCS - Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Head of Academic Division, Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Program Director, Indonesia Deputy Director, School of Graduate Studies, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta
since 1993
since 2005
since 2012


Lecturer, Theology Faculty, Satya Wacana Christian University

Lecturer, Satya Wacana Christian University, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
since 2004

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016 Plenary
15:30 - 16:00 Opening Speeches Plenary
16:00 - 16:30 A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a Teaser Culture
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bread and Wine Social


Teach For Austria Summer School: Changemaker Lab – Sapere aude! Seminar
Seminar 06: The European Union and Its Eastern Neighbours Seminar
Seminar 05: Scientific Excellence and Social Responsibility – How do they go together? Seminar
Seminar 04: World Water Resources and Human Well-Being at Risk – Trends, Data and Governance Seminar
Seminar 02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union – Climate, Demography, Migration Seminar
Seminar 08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution? Seminar
Seminar 07: (Economic-)Policy for Progress – The Return of the “Magic Polygon” Seminar
Seminar 01: Beyond Maps Seminar
Seminar 03: Religion and Power Seminar
Theatre Workshop with Students of the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA), London Seminar
Seminar 14: Art as Enlightenment in Post-Enlightenment Times? Seminar
Seminar 10: Utility of Force in the 21st Century Seminar
Seminar 13: Gender Issues in Complex Societies Seminar
Seminar 15: Smart Factory: Social Effects – Prospects for Employment – Impacts on Work and Organisation Seminar
Seminar 09: Rule of Law in China and Europe Seminar
Seminar 12: Towards a Sustainable Global Carbon Loop Seminar
Seminar 11: The European Ethos and the Sacred Seminar
Seminar 16: Understanding Big Data Seminar


07:00 - 13:00 Alpbach Open Space Breakout