Hands. Image credit: Mat Wright.

Does your work aim to improve religious understanding? Our grants might be able to support you.

Hands. Image credit: Mat Wright.

The British Council today is announcing the launch of Bridging Voices, a three-year grants program to support transatlantic academic and policy dialogues on religion and international affairs.

Why religion and international affairs?

Religion plays a central role in the lives of billions of people, across borders and continents. Religious principles, values, laws, ideologies and communities are…

John Esposito and Sarah Joseph in conversation at the first Our Shared Future conference in Washington, DC. (Image credit: Rafael Suanes/Georgetown University)

John Esposito and Sarah Joseph in conversation at the first Our Shared Future conference in Washington, DC. (Image credit: Rafael Suanes/Georgetown University)

John Esposito and Sarah Joseph in conversation at the first Our Shared Future conference in Washington, DC. (Image credit: Rafael Suanes/Georgetown University)

As part of the Our Shared Future programme, British Council in Sweden and Södertörn University hosted a lecture series on the role of the media in the creation of Muslim identities in Europe and the US.

Lecturer with textbook. (Image credit: Mat Wright)

Lecturer with textbook. (Image credit: Mat Wright)

Although the city of Timbuktu is at the heart of unrest and conflict in Mali today, it was once a distinguished centre of cultural, scientific and religious thinking in the Islamic world. Timbuktu’s bazaars used to be the hub for the exchange of scientific knowledge, a place for trading manuscripts on astronomy and medicine, among…

Three people joining hands. (Image credit: Mat Wright)

Britons are hopeful about the UK's future - and new Britons are the most hopeful of all.

Three people joining hands. (Image credit: Mat Wright)

2012 was a year of self-reflection for Great Britain. The recently published census confirmed what the London Olympics suggested – Britain is becoming a very diverse country.  Although very illuminating, the census only provided part of the story on 21st-century Britain. The recently published State of the Nation: where is bittersweet Britain heading? by British…

One of the more important contributions to serious thinking about the deliberately misunderstood history of Muslims and Christians is a short, profound book by Richard Bulliet called The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (Columbia 2004). The book’s central observation is that the term ‘Judæo-Christian Civilisation,’ which trips so easily off the American and European tongue today as…