Mobile Boundaries

"Mobile Boundaries: Religion in Urban Spaces" 
Editors:  Irene Becci, Marian Burchardt and José Casanova

Based on the Tenth Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality "Urban Governance: Innovation, Insecurity and the Power of Religion", the Foundation is currently planning a publication under the title "Mobile Boundaries: Religion in Urban Spaces." The publication project focuses on cities as engines of social and cultural transformations and on the role religion and faith communities play within this setting.

Despite their different historical backgrounds, cities in Europe, Africa, India, Turkey and Brazil have some commonalities. The authors of this book question the used vocabularies accounting for the fluid and mutating nature of religion and its cognates such as secularity, belief etc. This book assembles the work of innovative scholarship on the transformations of religious boundaries in urban spaces, such as Berlin, Johannesburg, Mumbai or New York.



Irene Becci (Max-Planck-Institute of Social Anthropology Halle/S., Germany): “Getting Hold of the Post-Socialist Urban Space: Religious Encounters in East Berlin” (Abstract)

Synnøve Bendixsen (University of Kurdistan – Hawler, Erbil, Northern Iraq): “Connecting the Local, National and Transnational Powers of a Religious Youth Organisation in Berlin” (Abstract)

Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig, Germany): “Belonging and Success: Religious Vitality in a South African Metropolis” (Abstract)

José Casanova (Georgetown University, USA): “Religion and Negotiations over Urban Social Inequalities”

Murat Es (University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA): “Alevis in Cemevis: Religion and Secularism in Turkey” (Abstract)

Ajay Gandhi (Yale University, USA): “Nawab for a Day: The Mughal/Muslim as Historical Icon and Political Problem in Delhi” (Abstract)

Weishan Huang (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity): "Religious Pluralism and the Politics of Diversity – Falun Gong’s Human Right Campaign in New York City" (Abstract)

Diana Nogueira de Oliveira Lima (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisa do Rio de Janeiro/IUPERJ, Brazil): “Prosperity Theology: Masculinity and the Meaning of Material Success in Contemporary Brazil” (Abstract)

Godwin Onuoha (Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany): “Trans-National Religious Identities and Contemporary ´Forms of Exit/Inclusion` in the Nigerian Public Sphere” (Abstract)

Samadia Sadouni (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa): “Somalis in Johannesburg: Muslim Transformations of the City” (Abstract)

Peter van der Veer (Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany): “Urban Encounters of Religious Diversity and Plurality

Leilah Vevaina (New School for Social Research, New York, USA): “Excarnation and the City: The Tower of Silence Debates in Mumbai” (Abstract)