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Interreligious Engagement in Urban Spaces: An Introduction

  • Julia Ipgrave
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Abstract

This chapter locates the book in an academic field that brings together urban studies and the study of religion. It explains that, while urban governance of religious diversity is the context of the current study, its focus is the lived grassroots experience of interreligious engagement. The four city sites of this study, Hamburg, London, Oslo and Stockholm are introduced. The chapter sets out the three dimensions that provide the structure of the book (social relations, spatial dimension, religious thinking). Reference is made to the Religion and Dialogue in Modern Society (ReDi) research project that produced this study and the research methods employed are described.

Keywords

Urban Religious diversity Governance Grassroots experience Social relations Spatial dimension Religious thinking Research methods ReDi 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors wish to express our gratitude to citizens of Hamburg, Stockholm, London and Oslo who have participated in our research and generously shared their experiences and perspectives with us.

We would like to thank our fellow members of the urban strand of the ReDi programme, Anna Körs, Mehmet Kalender and Anna Ohrt, for their research material and insights that have been incorporated into various chapters in this book. We would also like to thank other members of the wider ReDi team who have supported our project with their interest and comments and, in particular, Wolfram Weiße for his wise direction as leader of the programme and Dörthe Vieregge for her tireless practical support in its organisation. We are very grateful to Francis Ipgrave for all his detailed, careful work in language-editing the chapters of this book, enabling us to communicate clearly and fluently with our readership.

We wish to convey our thanks to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research whose substantial financial backing has made this project possible, and to Springer Nature publishing house and Karthika Menon for her support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Ipgrave
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  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

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