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Governing Religion: Global Challenges and Comparative Approaches

European University Institute via FutureLearn


Explore ways of governing religion and religious diversity today

On this course you will consider different models of state-religion relations, reviewing examples from both European and non-European countries.

You will learn how different models have emerged out of historical processes of nation formation (including post-colonial independence, redrawing of state boundaries after a major political transition or through an evolutionary process of institutional and value change).

You will also consider your own experiences, and debate ideal models for governing religion and religious diversity in today’s world.

This course is for undergraduate and graduates studying sociology, political science or anthropology. It might also be useful for civil society activists, journalists and anyone with an interest in religious diversity and the relationship between government and religion.

This course is part of the research project GREASE: Radicalisation Secularism and the Governance of Religious Diversity: Bringing together European and Asian Perspectives funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 770640. The content of this MOOC represents only the views of the GREASE consortium and is its sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.


  • European Approaches to Governing Religion
    • Introduction to the course on Governing Religion
    • An Overview of Religious Diversity in Europe
    • Wrapping Up Week 1
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Approaches to Governing Religion
    • Introduction to the second week
    • Experiences in religious governance from the Middle East and North Africa
    • Learning from Asian approaches
    • Concluding the week and taking stock of what we have learnt
  • Best Practices in Comparative Perspective
    • What can different world regions learn from one another?
    • Analyzing good practices in Europe
    • Analyzing good practices in the MENA region
    • Analyzing good practices in South and Southeast Asia
    • Offering a comparative approach

Taught by

Anna Triandafyllidou



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