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08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of Freedom

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Hauptschule
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in englischer Sprache

The doctrine of separation between religion and state (church and state) seems to be taken for granted today, but in fact, it is relatively young. For millennia, politics and religion were interwoven in manifold ways, often inseparably, and even today, religious matters continue to influence political discourse. This seminar will explore this intricate relationship from a long-term perspective and across different religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Since the development of religions and of political systems are long-term cultural processes, historical inquiry is key for understanding contemporary issues in depth. This seminar will combine historical expertise with contemporary relevance.

Professor of Development Studies, Oxford Department of International Development; Principal Investigator, Changing Structures of Islamic Authority, University of Oxford Chair
Lecturer in Classical Rabbinic Judaism, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge Chair

Masooda BANO

Professor of Development Studies, Oxford Department of International Development; Principal Investigator, Changing Structures of Islamic Authority, University of Oxford

 Professor Masooda Bano is Professor of Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. She specialises in the study of political Islam and historical and contemporary evolution of major centers of Islamic learning. Professor Bano builds large scale comparative studies using ethnographic and survey data and has studied Islamic movements across the Middle East, South Asia and West Africa. She also has done extensive work on examining the role of women in spread of Islamic knowledge. She is the author of The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan (Cornell 2012) and Female Islamic Education Movements: The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge (Cambridge 2017). She has also edited many volumes including Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2); these two volumes examine writings of leading Muslim scholars on the subject of Islam and modernity. Professor Bano did MPhil in Development Studies at University of Cambridge and DPhil at University of Oxford. She teaches on MPhil Development Studies and supervises doctoral students.

Dr. Holger ZELLENTIN

Lecturer in Classical Rabbinic Judaism, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

 Holger Zellentin teaches classical rabbinic Judaism at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, and has previously held faculty appointments at the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Nottingham, where he remains Honorary Associate Professor. He has worked on Hellenistic and Rabbinic Judaism and on the relationship of the Qur’an to Late Antique law and narrative. His publications include The Qurʾān’s Legal Culture: The Didascalia Apostolorum as a Point of Departure (2013) and Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature (2011), as well as two edited volumes, The Qurʾān’s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity: Return to the Origins (2019), and, with Eduard Iricinschi, Heresy and Identity in Late Antiquity (2008). In his free time, he likes to climb rocks, ski, hike, cycle or spend time with his family, or, on a really good day, climb rocks, hike, or cycle with his family.

Seminar Week

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14.08.2019

15:00 - 17:30Treasure HuntSocial
18:00 - 19:30WelcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Bread and WineSocial

15.08.2019

09:30 - 13:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Special Lecture: Global MuckrakingPlenary

15.08.-20.08.2019

Seminar 16: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Seminar 17: LEADfit – the Art of LeadershipSeminar
Seminar 18: Human-Centered Design: New Design Approaches for Open and Sustainable SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 19: Life is (Not) a Game – Critical Game DesignSeminar
Seminar 20: How Mindfulness Increases ResilienceSeminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 22: Who are You? Spoken Word Poetry: How to Express Yourself in Front of PeopleSeminar
Seminar 23: “It does matter where” – Sensing and Questioning SpaceSeminar
Seminar 24: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 25: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 26: Dramatic Thinking: Using Art to Communicate Your Ideas More PowerfullySeminar
Seminar 27: Sing – Listen – Create – LeadSeminar
Seminar 28: Music – a Social Utopia?!Seminar
Seminar 29: All the World’s a StageSeminar

16.08.-21.08.2019

Seminar 01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?Seminar
Seminar 02: Europe and the Challenge of DisintegrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Liberty and Security in Africa: Evidence and Voices from the Continent and BeyondSeminar
Seminar 04: Promises and Challenges of UrbanisationSeminar
Seminar 05: Liberty and Security in the Context of Women’s RightsSeminar
Seminar 06: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Seminar 07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of ImageSeminar
Seminar 08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of FreedomSeminar
Seminar 09: Quantum Technologies – a New Era of InnovationSeminar
Seminar 10: The EU and its Neighbours – EU Foreign Policy Between Ambition and PragmatismSeminar
Seminar 11: Water Security for People and Nature – Present to 2050 (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 12: Noncommunicable Diseases – How to Control and Prevent Them (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 13: How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work? (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 14: Intellectual Self-Defence (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 15: Digital Democracy Lab (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar

16.08.2019

15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

17.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

18.08.2019

10:30 - 12:00Ceremonial Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2019Plenary
12:00 - 14:00Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 17:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

19.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

20.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar
20:15 - 21:45International EveningPlenary

21.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar