While most research on religious pluralism has been conducted within the framework of secular-liberal democratic states, this collaborative and comparative project, which is in development, will explore multi-religious encounters in three sites not typically seen as possessing secular-liberal civil societies: Kenya, Pakistan, and southern Italy. The sites are similar in having served historically as places of encounter for major religions, but also different in relation to their contemporary socio-political configurations. With each offering a different vantage point on religious pluralism, the wider project aims to contribute to theorising about religious co-existence that moves beyond normative ideas of tolerance, which tend to dominate academic thinking on pluralism. My research within the larger project will focus on post-colonial Christian Kenya, a multi-ethnic, -racial, and -religious society, which has been implicated in global ‘War of Terror’ and where social tensions are increasingly made sense of through religious idioms.
The John Fell Fund, Oxford
Giulia Liberatore, University of Edinburgh
Italy, Kenya, Pakistan