Church and State have always been intertwined in Russia: under Tsarism God was inextricably linked to the Tsar. However recently all this has begun to change. Last year many Orthodox supporters took part in the pro democracy protests in Moscow: religious opposition to Putin is growing, there can be no doubt of that, but what this means for a government that is so intimately intertwined with the Russian Orthodox church is unclear.
The international association Reset Dialogues on Civilizations has launched the Reset Seminars of Pluralism, a yearly international program on cultural and religious pluralism and political liberties. The purpose is to promote a local intellectual response to the rise of rigorist strands of Islamic thought by training 40 emerging opinion-leaders on the relationship between religion, history and power and to contribute to the reawakening of pluralistic traditions in Muslim contexts.  
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To open the way for a fresh and reformist reading and understanding of the Qur’an, Massimo Campanini refers to the teachings of Edmund Husserl and Enzo Paci on God’s truth not being absolute but telos, an objective, a truth to be reached as as to Egyptian philosopher Hassan Hanafi’s concept that “God is not logos but praxis”” Gos is man’s action in society and in history.
In the aftermath of last week’s vote, Reset DOC in collaboration with the Italian Academy at Columbia University and the Centro Studi Americani in Rome will host an event of world-renowned experts to examine the results of the November 3rd elections with an outlook towards the long-term effects of these deep semantic and cultural divisions.    
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In this conversation, Bhargava will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss Indian secularism, as well as comparative secularism globally. They will examine the particular challenges that majoritarian Hindu nationalism presents to Indian secularism, the relationship between dual global crises of secularism and of democracy, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting both. They will also discuss U.S.-Indian relations in the context of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Peter van der Veer is director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen. His work focuses on religion and nationalism. Specifically, he is interested in a syntagmatic structure linking four concepts – religion, magic, secularity, and spirituality – and how they’ve emerged entangled in global colonial encounters between East and West. He also works on issues of refugees and religion, in addition to other modern global encounters, primarily between Asia and Europe. This conversation builds on four others in the ongoing Global Religious and Secular Dynamic Discussion Series.