Introduction: Setting the stage

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Religion has become a pressing matter in different fields of multicultural European society, which raises the question as to how best to govern religious diversity. What we argue in this book is that a successful governance of religious diversity necessitates the development of religious literacy. As such, religious literacy can be understood in a variety of ways depending on the particular context. This book draws on different empirical case studies concerning Finland, covering traditional Finnish religious movements and issues pertaining to immigration and the growing ethnic and religious diversity of Finnish society. In doing so, it delves, among other matters, into the field of school education and state policies against radicalization and violence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Challenges of Religious Literacy : The Case of Finland
EditorsTuula Sakaranaho, Timo Aarrevaara, Johanna Konttori
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-47575-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-47576-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Religious Studies
ISSN (Print)2510-5035
ISSN (Electronic)2510-5043

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Religious literacy
  • Diversity
  • Governance
  • Finland

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