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Case Study 4: Useful Trust – Interreligious Strategies in Hamburg

  • Laura Haddad
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Abstract

One of the dominant narratives about Hamburg deals with cosmopolitanism and openness to strangers. This narrative is connected to the history of commercial travellers and harbour workers and defines Hamburg as city where a diversity of worldviews and religions is dialogically negotiated. Deriving from this local identity concept the meaning of Interreligious Dialogue is emphasised by almost all religious communities in Hamburg. Being part of the official Interreligious Dialogue is proof of recognition and social capital. The article examines the case of two minority religious groups, Bahá’í and Alevis, that are received in a controversial manner by other religious actors as for example Sunni Muslims. The struggle for participation in official initiatives and the strategies to reach interreligious recognition by Bahá’í and Alevis are discussed within the framework of social capital theory.

Keywords

Interreligious Dialogue Alevis Bahá’í Minority religions Linking capital Collective social capital 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Haddad
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  1. 1.University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.University of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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