Dr. Martin Baumann

Religions in DiasporaA Greek word first used in the Hellenistic period, Diaspora refers to the “dispersion” of Jewish communities living in countries other than Israel. Today, the term Diaspora is also used to describe other religious communities, living apart from their ...: IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to... and Asian Immigrant Religions in Central Europe

Martin Baumann is professor for the study of religions at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. with a thesis on the history of BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... in Germany (1993) and wrote his post-doctorial thesis (habilitation) on Hindu traditions in diasporicA Greek word first used in the Hellenistic period, Diaspora refers to the “dispersion” of Jewish communities living in countries other than Israel. Today, the term Diaspora is also used to describe other religious communities, living apart from their ... contexts (1999). His research and teaching concentrates on the spread and settlement of Buddhist and Hindu traditions outside of Asia, studies on diaspora and migrant religions, and theory and method in the history of religions. He is the author of “Diaspora: Hindus and Trinidad” (2003) and “Migration, Religion, Integration” (2000). He has coedited “Tempel und Tamilen in zweiter Heimat” (2003), “Westward DharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ...: Buddhism Beyond Asia” (2002) and “Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices” (2002).

Dr. Baumann has conducted extensive research and produced numerous publications on the Asian immigrant religions in Central Europe. His research interests include Buddhism in the West, Religion in Diaspora, Tamil Hindus in Germany, Migration and Religion, and the religious demography of Lucerne. His well-organized homepage offers extensive information about his work. His work with the Pluralism Project includes work on Muslim religious traditions and organizations in Central Europe conducted by Dr. Samuel-Martin Behoul and slide shows on the Asian immigrant religions in Germany and Switzerland conducted with Brigitte Luchesi and Annettte Wilke.

Non-Christian Religions in Central Switzerland: A Case Study of Muslim Traditions and Organizations in the Municipality of Lucerne

As part of a larger project researching the religious pluralism in Switzerland headed by Dr. Martin Baumann, this research, conducted by Dr. Samuel-Martin Behoul, focuses on the Muslim traditions and organizations in Central Switzerland.

Samuel M. Behloul is a Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department for the Study of Religions at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D at the Free University of Berlin (Department for ArabicClassical Arabic is the language of revelation in Islam as recorded in the Qur’an. Muslims consider every word of the Qur’an to be a direct utterance of God. The Arabic language itself is regarded as perfectly suited as the instrument for God’s comm... Sciences) with a thesis on Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi and his Polemic against the Four GospelsGospel means “Good News” and refers to the central message of the Christian tradition: the good news of Christ’s life and message of redemption. Gospel refers more specifically to the four books that tell the story of the Christ event and became par... (2000). His post-doctorial thesis (habilitation) focuses on the Muslim Traditions and Organisations in Central Switzerland with a special consideration of the issue of internal Pluralism among the Muslim Migrants in Switzerland. The paper is available in English here [new link forthcoming].

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