Ruth Illman

Ruth Illman is the Director of the Donner Institute for Research into Religion and Culture at Åbo Akademi University Foundation (SÅA) in Turku, Finland. Her research concerns questions pertaining to Jewish life in the Nordics today, cultural encounters and interreligious dialogue, ethnographic research methodology within cultural studies. She was co-editor of a volume on religion and […]

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Teemu Taira

Teemu Taira is senior lecturer in the study of religion, University of Helsinki, and docent at the department of study of religion, University of Turku, Finland. His research has focused on three areas: religion in the media; the new visibility of atheism and nonreligion; and discursive study of the category of “religion.” He has published on paganism […]

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Xenia Zeiler

Xenia Zeiler is an associate professor of South Asian studies at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on online expressions of Hinduism and the relationship between video games and religion.

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Institute for Jewish Studies – Åbo Akademi

The Institute for Jewish Studies is a JUDAIC Institute at the Faculty of Theology at the Åbo Akademi University.  Åbo Akademi University is a Swedish language school in Finland.  They also have a program called Old Testament Exegetics with Judaic Studies.

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Esa Mangeloja

Esa Mangeloja, a senior lecturer in the economics department at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, has researched the economics of religion.

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Our Shared Future

Seeks to improve the public conversation about Muslims and intercultural relations in the U.S. and Europe by providing evidence-based arguments, facts and research findings from reputable sources.

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Our Shared Europe

Creates opportunities to exchange perspectives on issues such as migration, diversity, community cohesion, inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue and pluralism in European societies. Primary goal is to acknowledge present and past contributions of diverse communities and cultures, and especially of Muslims, in shaping contemporary European society. Activities include panel debates, conferences, expert workshops, research and exchange programs.

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