The Challenge of Religious Revitalisation to Multicultural and Multifaith Australia

By Gary D. Bouma.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Religion has come back on to the social policy agenda since September 11, 2001. Policy makers, educators, and law enforcement agents now seek to know about religions and have become worried about the potential of mismanaged religious diversity to disrupt the day to day workings of their societies. Since the end of the Cold War two processes have been transforming the relationship between religion and society – religious diversification and religious revitalisation. These processes were occurring but below the threshold of notice from the mid 1970s through the 1980s and early 1990s. Together they are changing the way we think about religion and the ways societies think about managing religious diversity.

Keywords: Religion, Religious Diversity/ Diversification of Religion, Religious Revitalization, Inter-Religious Relations, Religious Education, Multicultural, Multifaith, Secularization, Effects of Globalization on Religion, Islam

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.1-4. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 508.166KB).

Prof. Gary D. Bouma

Head of the School, Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University, Australia

Gary D Bouma is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Inquiry at Monash University, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations – Asia Pacific, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics in Research Involving Humans. His research in the sociology of religion examines the management of religious diversity in plural multicultural societies, postmodernity as a context for doing theology, religion and terror, inter-cultural communication, religion and public policy, women and religious minorities, and gender factors in clergy careers. Gary Bouma has worked tirelessly in support of healthy inter-faith relations and to defend the rights of minority religious groups. Gary is the author of 20 books and over 100 chapters and refereed articles. His books include The Research Process, Mosques and Muslim Settlement in Australia; Many Religions, All Australian; The Management of Religious Diversity, and Religion, Cultural Diversity and Safeguarding Australia. His latest Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century has just been published and he next Democracy in Islam, Routledge is in press.

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