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Media Power and Religions

The Challenge Facing Intercultural Dialogue and Learning

Edited By Manfred Pirner and Johannes Lähnemann

There can be no doubt about the high relevance of public media for the image we have of religion in general and certain religions in particular. Yet, it seems that the topic has long been neglected in academic research and discourse. This volume brings together multi-disciplinary perspectives, presented by internationally reputed experts. They offer illuminating analyses on the various interrelations between media and religions in the fields of human rights, anti-Islamism and anti-Semitism, on religions’ potential to foster peace and to contribute to media ethics and media education in pluralistic societies. The book also provides helpful orientation and concrete suggestions for journalistic and educational practice, academic research, political and social involvement.

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Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, Professor of Human Rights and its Ethics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right of Religious Freedom and Belief Prof. Dr. Saeid Edalatnejad, Assistant Professor at the Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation, Tehran, Iran Prof. Johanna Haberer, Professor of Christian Journalism, Vice-President of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany Prof. Dr. Johannes Lähnemann, former Professor of Religious Education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Chairman of the Peace Educa- tion Standing Commission (PESC) of “Religions for Peace” (RfP) Rabbi Prof. Dr. Jonathan Magonet, former Director of the Leo Baeck Colleges of Jewish Studies, London Dr. Daniel Meier, Journalist and theologian at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg, Germany Prof Dr. Horst Niesyto, Professor of Education, University of Education at Lud- wigsburg, Germany Peter Philipp, Journalist with leading German newspapers and radio stations, long-time correspondent in the Middle East Prof. Dr. Manfred L. Pirner, Professor of Religious Education, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany Dr. Norman Richardson, Head of Teaching & Learning in Religious Studies at Stranmillis University College, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Secretary of the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum Prof. Dr. Matthias Rohe, Professor of Civil Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Director of the Erlangen Center for Islam and the Law in Europe Dr. Markus A. Weingardt, Researcher at the Research Institute of the Protestant Academic Association, Heidelberg, and at the World Ethos Foundation, Tübingen, Germany 162

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