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Have you ever wondered about religious diversity in Canada?

What challenges does it present? What opportunities does it offer?

Our team of 37 researchers from across the globe is looking at these questions and weighing in on religious issues in Canada and abroad from a variety of perspectives including: religion, law, communication, sociology, history, political science, education and philosophy. If you want to challenge the way you think, keep on browsing to find out about exciting events taking place on and off campus, to read thought-provoking research findings and learn more about current news events. Open your mind and be daring.

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Congratulations to Religion and Diversity Project Student Team Members  Gandhar K. Charkravarty and Glen Choi  who successfully defended their doctoral theses. Please click here to find out more about our student team members and their research.

The Quebec’s New Religions: Alternative Spiritualties after Vatican II and the Quiet Revolution Conference, organized by team members Susan J. Palmer and Solange Lefebvre, will be held at McGill University on Friday, April 25, 2014. Please click here for more information.

Congratulations to Student Team Member Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier. She has received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her Master’s research project based on postcolonial feminist theories, the study of new religious movements and the reception theories of media productions.

Ongoing Research Projects - Religion and Diversity Project

Jewish and Muslim Women in Israel: Religious Laws in Holy Lands

Through field work and interviews with six Israeli Jewish women (2011) and six Israeli Muslim women (2012), this project attempts to assess the concrete impact of religious and secular family law on women.

In the case of Jewish women, Pascale Fournier’s fieldwork reveals that Israeli religious law is not always a negative force that needs to be set aside by secular law. In fact, she documents many instances of empowering solutions sought by women through the religious avenue. Please click here for more information on the project


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Events Calendar
April 2014
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E-Journal Regulating Religion

The meaning of secularism has been subject to vivid debates in and outside academia for the last decade. Rachel Sweet Vanderpoel's article explores how these debates unfold in Kenya. She discusses how the High Court of Kenya draws on definitions of secularism from other national contexts to fabricate a universal consensus on religion and secularism; delegitimizing in so doing local minority understandings of religion.


Boundaries of Religious Freedom

Book proposals are invited for this new Springer book series. Find out more.


Cultural and Religious Identity among 18-40 Year-olds in Canada

Are you between the ages of 18 and 40 and Living in Canada? Interested in participating in a survey regarding cultural and religious identity? Please click here for more information.