Religion

Religion is socially important and affects politics and socioeconomic developments in multiple ways. In recent years, religion has become increasingly contentious. Terrorist attacks, armed conflict and xenophobia have been making headlines. At the same time, religion can also contribute to peace.


  • Journal of Economic Psychology | 2022

    Cooperation in the Name of God? Experimental Evidence from Ghana and Tanzania

    Religion is expected to increase prosocial behavior toward in-group members: believers are assumed to fear supernatural entities that punish or reward their deeds. However, empirical evidence for this relationship remains rare. GIGA researcher Dr. Lisa Hoffmann analyses in her study, how religion is linked to prosocial behavior.

    Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

    Research Fellow

    Peacebuilding | 04/2022

    Religion, Peace and Justice: the Effects of Transitional Justice on Religious Armed Conflict Resolution

    Despite a growing literature on the relationship between religion and conflict, we know little about the conditions under which peace processes of religious conflicts may succeed. The purpose of this study is to examine the role of transitional justice in peace processes of religious conflicts.

    Dr. Yoav Kapshuk

    Mora Deitch

    Formerly Research Fellow

    GIGA Talk | 19/01/2022

    With the Help of God(s)? Religious Actors and Sustainable Development in Africa

    Religious actors can both promote and undermine sustainable development. Many stakeholders and scholars recognise the relevant role of religious actors and place great hope in their potential. Alongside GIGA scholars, members of the “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence from Universität Bayreuth discussed this topic in depth. Video of event now online!

    GIGA Talk | 17/05/2021

    Can Freedom of Religion and Belief Promote Sustainable Development? Inclusive Education Systems in Focus

    Education, sustainable development, and freedom of religion or belief are closely interrelated, yet this has been little studied to date. At this GIGA Talk, organised in cooperation with the BMZ, we exchange ideas between politics and science on the global status of freedom of religion.

    Research Project | 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023


    Research Project | 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023

    Journal of Conflict Resolution | 06/2022

    Rebels with a Cause: Does Ideoloy make Armed Conflicts Longer and bloodier?

    Ideology may directly provide motive and indirectly capacity for collective violence, thus making armed conflicts longer and bloodier. The authors investigate these propositions by drawing on an innovative global dataset which codes ideological claims by rebel groups and governments in intrastate armed conflicts since 1946.

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Ariel Zellman

    Turkish Studies | 06/2022

    Erdoğan and the Muslim Brotherhood: an Outside-in Approach to Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East

    Is Islamism the driving force of Turkish foreign policy? Hakkı Taş scrutinises AKP-Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) relations and argues that while the AKP’s ideological ties to Ikhwan made new resources available, Turkey’s grand strategy largely follows systemic incentives and constraints.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Forum | 19/01/2022

    With the Help of God(s)? Religious Actors and Sustainable Development in Africa

    Religious actors can both promote and undermine sustainable development. Many stakeholders and scholars recognise the relevant role of religious actors and place great hope in their potential. Alongside GIGA scholars, members of the “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence from Universität Bayreuth discussed this topic in depth. Video of event now online!

    GIGA Talk | 19/01/2022

    With the Help of God(s)? Religious Actors and Sustainable Development in Africa

    Religious actors can both promote and undermine sustainable development. Many stakeholders and scholars recognise the relevant role of religious actors and place great hope in their potential. Alongside GIGA scholars, members of the “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence from Universität Bayreuth discussed this topic in depth. Video of event now online!

    GIGA Talk | 17/05/2021

    Can Freedom of Religion and Belief Promote Sustainable Development? Inclusive Education Systems in Focus

    Education, sustainable development, and freedom of religion or belief are closely interrelated, yet this has been little studied to date. At this GIGA Talk, organised in cooperation with the BMZ, we exchange ideas between politics and science on the global status of freedom of religion.

    Badische Zeitung | Interview | 14/01/2022

    Afrika-Experte: "Mali geht kein unbegründetes Risiko ein"

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    WDR5 | Interview | 26/09/2021

    Neu aufgestellt – Die Gülen-Bewegung in Deutschland

    Seit dem versuchten Putsch in der Türkei 2016 scheint die Gülen-Bewegung dort zerschlagen. Ankaras Geheimdienste verfolgen die so genannten "FETÖ-Terroristen" weltweit und schrecken auch vor Entführungen nicht zurück. In Deutschland wächst die Bewegung.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    10/10/2021

    Unanswered Prayers: Do the Ideas of Forgiveness and Justice Increase Prosociality?

    Workshop 10/10/2021

    12/07/2021

    Cooperation in the Name of God? Experimental Evidence from Ghana and Tanzania

    Conference 12/07/2021

    22/06/2021

    Please, Make Peace! The Religious Determinants of Positive and Negative Interreligious Peace

    Workshop 22/06/2021

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    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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