Religious diversity is historically the norm, but faces particular challenges under modern conditions – above all in a national context. It is thus attracting particular attention as a research topic at the Center for Religious Studies.
The centre combines interdisciplinary research from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The members analyse religions both in terms of their own dynamics and also in their interactions with other areas of society. A focus lies on the influences of various religions among each other – not only in times of globalisation but also in the millennia before, there was intensive contact between distant regions and thus religions. As all religions that are currently referred to as world religions originated from the region between the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific, the geographic focus lies on the Euro-Asian region. Other focal points are the relationship between religion and art, digital humanities in religious studies, and the development of religious traditions.