Introduction

Religious Plurality, Interreligious Pluralism, and Spatialities of Religious Difference

in Religion and Society
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  • 1 Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) walton@mmg.mpg.de
  • 2 Yal-NUS College neena.mahadev@yale-nus.edu.sg

The introduction to this special section foregrounds the key distinction between ‘religious plurality’ and ‘interreligious pluralism’. Building from the example of a recent controversy over an exhibition on shared religious sites in Thessaloniki, Greece, we analyze the ways in which advocates and adversaries of pluralism alternately place minority religions at the center or attempt to relegate them to the margins of visual, spatial, and political fields. To establish the conceptual scaffolding that supports this special section, we engage the complex relations that govern the operations of state and civil society, sacrality and secularity, as well as spectacular acts of disavowal that simultaneously coincide with everyday multiplicities in the shared use of space. We conclude with brief summaries of the four articles that site religious plurality and interreligious pluralism in the diverse contexts of Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the Balkans.

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