In a globalizing world, linked in so many ways by economic, political, and security concerns, it is important to recognize the local impact of the global and the global impact of the local. Religious pluralism is not just American challenges, but is a challenge for multi-religious democracies around the world. We are working to broaden our network to include international academic affiliates, finding synergies with research and study projects at centers and universities in other countries. This initiative is greatly informed by the insights of international visitors to the Pluralism Project, and by Diana L. Eck’s visits to countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

International Organizational Profiles

We are engaged in identifying a range of projects, centers, and institutes around the world that also focus on the promise and challenge of religious pluralism. We plan to get an overview of the architecture of this growing group of institutions.
Center for Religious and CrossThe cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith, pointing to the significance for the church of the whole Christ event: the life and teachings, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Cultural Studies (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
International Center for 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 Pluralism (Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia)
Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (Amman, Jordan)
Letter of Support to Participants of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC) Conference, “Coexistence and Peace Making” by Diana L. Eck, January 19, 2008
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Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (Amman, Jordan)

International Research Reports

“Examining Religiously-Based Anti-Stigma Messages in Three South African Faith-Based Organizations” by OmThe sacred syllable Om, also Aum, is regarded as the supreme mantra, the seed and source of all wisdom. The term “Omkara” also refers to this great seed and source of all. Lala (2007)
Malaysia, Truly Asia? Religious Pluralism in Malaysia (2006)
Religious Pluralism in Indonesia (2006)
Marta Benavides, El Salvador (2004)
International Portraits
Portrait of France (2008)
Portrait of Germany (2010)
Portrait of Indonesia (2007)
Portrait of Jordan (2008)
Portrait of Nepal (2007)
Portrait of Thailand (2007)
Portrait of the United Kingdom (2007)

International Videos

2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions: “Making a world of difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth”


International Directory Entries This growing list focuses primarily on research centers and allied projects.

Religious Diversity News: International

The international scope of Religious Diversity News offers a broader awareness of the ways in which the issues of religious pluralism are on the agenda in the international arena, not only through well-known and oft-reported headline news, but in the regional and local ways that are our signature in tracking religious pluralism.

Click here to view and subscribe to the Pluralism Project’s international newsfeed.

An increasing number of international visitors have requested to meet with us at the Pluralism Project: some are individual scholars, and others are with delegations sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s International Scholarly Exchange and International Visitors Program. These conversations with international colleagues invigorate our sense of purpose in our outreach and allow us connections with the centers and universities they represent.

Pluralism Project International Affiliates
Affiliates around the world contribute to a growing body of research.
Slide Shows
Mauritius: Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li... and Religious Pluralism
Religious Diversity in Central Europe: Asian Immigrant Religions in Germany and Switzerland
Sources of Information on Global Religious Distribution
These are online resources for background information on religious distribution, geographic data, and political systems in countries around the world.

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