Religion and space: Competition, conflict, and violence in the contemporary world
This is the first study to bring space into conversation with religious competition, conflict and violence in the contemporary world. The authors argue that because space is both a medium and an outcome of religious activity, it is integral to understanding processes of religious competition, conflict and violence. The book explores how religious groups make claims to both religious and secular spaces, and examines how such claims are managed, negotiated and contested by the state and by other secular and religious agencies. It also examines how globalisation has given rise to new forms of religious competition, and how religious groups strengthen themselves through the development of social resilience, as well as contribute to resilient societies. Case studies from around the world are used to examine how religious competition and conflict intersect with space. The case studies include topical issues such as competing claims to the Temple Mount/Haram el-Sharif in Jerusalem, opposition to the “Ground Zero mosque” in New York City, and the regulation of religious conversion in India and Sri Lanka.
Religion and geography, sacred spaces, Asia
Asian Studies | Geography | Religion
City or Country
& Woods, Orlando. (2016). Religion and space: Competition, conflict, and violence in the contemporary world. London: Bloombury Academic.
KONG, Lily and Woods, Orlando, "Religion and space: Competition, conflict, and violence in the contemporary world" (2016). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 1995.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/1995