In March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that employers could ban staff from wearing religious and political symbols. This ruling highlights how fears of religious radicalisation and threats to religious freedom are common across Europe. The ruling also raises questions about discrimination against Muslim women in particular. The Senator George […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about Bertie Ahern’s ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland.’ It is based on Ahern’s closing lecture in the Spring Festival of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s yesterday evening.
I have written the entry for Northern Ireland in the new Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (John Wiley and Sons Inc), edited by John Stone (Boston University), Rutledge Dennis (George Mason University), Polly Rizova (Willamette University), Anthony Smith (London School of Economics), and Xiaoshuo Hou (St. Lawrence University). The short entry includes a brief […]
Today the blog features a new guest post from Fr Charlie Burrows, a priest with Oblate Mission Development, an office of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He has served in Chilachap on Java’s southern coast for the past 40 years, spearheading a sustainable development programme in the region which has included building roads, dykes, schools, a […]
Terry Waite, who is best known for being held hostage for five years by the Islamic Jihad Organisation (between 1987-1991), was a keynote speaker at Friday’s Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) conference on ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ at the Hilton in Templepatrick. Waite served as a special envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury and negotiated the release […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog: Joseph Ruane on Ireland’s Crisis: North-South Intersections – from the Taming of the Celtic Tiger to the Rise of Sinn Fein in the Republic.
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Lord Bew on the Prospects for Dealing with the Past.’
I have a post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about an education and training programme delivered by Rev Dr Johnston McMaster and Dr Cathy Higgins, ‘Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence in Ireland, 1912-1922,’ that will run for seven Tuesday evenings between 6.00-9.30 pm. For more information, visit Slugger.
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on the publication of the Open University’s ‘Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties’ Report. The report is available in full. OU’s Prof John Wolffe and Dr Gavin Moorhead are the principal authors of the report, which has been crafted through a series of interviews and […]
I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a book review of Cheryl Lawther’s Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past.
My review of three books on religion, violence and peace in Northern Ireland has been published online in Marginalia. The books are: Richard Jordan’s The Second Coming of Paisley; John Brewer, David Mitchell, and Gerard Leavey’s Ex-Combatants, Religion and Peace in Northern Ireland; and John Brewer, Gareth Higgins, and Francis Teeney’s Religion, Civil Society and Peace in […]