Although its beginnings can be traced back to the late 19th century, the interfaith movement has only recently begun to attract mainstream attention, with governments, religious leaders and grassroots activists around the world increasingly turning to interfaith dialogue and collective action to address the challenges posed and explore the opportunities presented by religious diversity in a globalising world. This volume explores the history and development of the interfaith movement by engaging with new theoretical perspectives and a diverse range of case studies from around the world. The first book to bring together experts in the fields of religion, politics and social movement theory to offer an in-depth social analysis of the interfaith movement, it not only sheds new light on the movement itself, but challenges the longstanding academic division of labour that confines ‘religious’ and ‘social’ movements to separate spheres of inquiry.

chapter 1|27 pages


Interfaith and social movement theory
ByJohn Fahy, Jan-Jonathan Bock

chapter 2|20 pages

Interfaith political activism in the United States

Understanding variation in the cultural challenges of being and doing interfaith
ByRuth Braunstein, Amy Lawton

chapter 3|20 pages

Faith embedded and embodied

Interfaith collaboration to address Islamophobia in the United States
ByCatherine Orsborn

chapter 4|19 pages

InterAction Australia

Countering the politics of fear with netpeace
ByAnna Halafoff

chapter 5|17 pages

Making space for faith

Interfaith initiatives in Denmark
ByLise Paulsen Galal

chapter 6|18 pages

Empowerment or oligarchisation?

Interfaith governance of religious diversity in two German cities
ByAlexander-Kenneth Nagel

chapter 7|17 pages

Local governance of religious diversity in Southern Europe

The role of interreligious actors
ByMar Griera, Maria Chiara Giorda, Valeria Fabretti

chapter 8|19 pages

Singapore’s interfaith movement

Embedded autonomy and precarious toleration
ByPaul Hedges, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib

chapter 9|21 pages

Beyond normative secularity

Politics of interfaith dialogue in Lebanon
ByRahel Fischbach

chapter 11|21 pages

Transnational interfaith diplomacy

The interfaith G8/G20 shadow summits
BySherrie Steiner

chapter |10 pages


Understanding a decentralised social movement
ByPaul D. Numrich