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Religions – a Janus Faced Phenomenon in Local Politics: A Swedish inter-religious council and participants’ views on religions as a possible asset for societal cohesion in the local community
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. (Minoritet, Autenticitet, Identitet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7883-3251
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies. (Interkulturella studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7832-2155
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Abstract [en]

Religions can facilitate cohesion, belonging and feelings of safety or underpin tensions, separatism or terrorism. This has led local, national and international policymakers to use inter-religious councils to overcome local conflicts facilitating dialogue. Sweden is facing a growing number of inter-religious councils around the country. This article focuses on the inter-religious council in Midtown. The aim is (1) to describe how politicians, civil servants and religious leaders as participants in the council express their expectations on the Midtown inter-religious council and (2) to analyse these accounts in light of ongoing research and European examples of inter-religious dialogue. Data have been collected via interviews and participant observation, and analysed through two critical lenses, one focusing on social cohesion, the other on fears of militant religious extremism. Results show that members of the Midtown council view religions as constituting possible obstacles but mainly as an important asset in a process of conviviality. 

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Religion, inter-religious councils, Sweden, conflict, cohesion, violent extremism, conviviality
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-31480OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-31480DiVA, id: diva2:1381828
Available from: 2019-12-28 Created: 2019-12-28 Last updated: 2020-01-01Bibliographically approved

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