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From Religious Illiteracy to Muslim Prayer Rooms – Exploring Religious Freedom in Northern Ireland

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice’s Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation opened yesterday (26 April) with a panel discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Religious Freedom on Campus and in the Community.’ The full festival programme can be found here. I organised and chaired the panel. The idea for the event was […]

Free Lunch & Discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Freedom of Religion on Campus and in the Community,’ 26 April at Queen’s

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 […]

Bertie Ahern: Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

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.

Northern Ireland: My Entry in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

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 […]

Fr Charlie Burrows: To Win Peace you need “Boots on the Ground”

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 on ‘Reconciliation: A Challenge to and Central Calling for the Churches’ at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference

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 […]

Course on Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence in Ireland with McMaster and Higgins Starts 21 October

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.

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report Published: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

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 […]