RETOPEA A project to promote religious peace and tolerance through history

God is back! Although we live in a largely secular society, religious issues emerge once again, and in the identity debate religious symbols abound. How did that happen? Why does religion lead to opposition and conflict? Is that always the case? Clearly not. But how did people neutralize religious contradictions in the past? Can we learn from those experiences? These are the questions that are central to the EU-funded large-scale international research project RETOPEA (2.4 million euros), which runs from 1 May 2018 to the end of 2021.

It investigates the different ways in which religious coexistence is thought of in different environments and how religious peace treaties have been established in the past. The idea is to use the insights gained to inform thinking about present-day peaceful religious co-existence.

We are working on our collection of clippings, docutubes, and more. Clipping database is already accessible now, translations in Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Macedonian, Polish and Spanish will follow soon.


Latest news

RETOPEA: An innovative educational tool to reflect on history and uses of the past

On 10th December (6 PM) Prof. Elena Arigita (Universidad de Granada) will present RETOPEA project during the session "The Digitisation of the Humanities: Innovation Projects for Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies" within the symposium organized by our partner Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios.

Digital Editions of Peace Treatises: Religiöse Friedenswahrung und Friedensstiftung in Europa 1500–1800

We would like to highly recommend the project Religiöse Friedenswahrung und Friedensstiftung in Europa 1500–1800. Our team members Prof. Irene Dingel (as PI) and Dr. Henning P. Juergens from Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte prepared digital editions of peace treatises from the early modern period in cooperation with Herzog-August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel.

Processing Puritanism in Early New England and the Birth of Religious Freedom

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Pasture has published a new article entitled "Processing Puritanism in Early New England and the Birth of Religious Freedom" in "Bibliothèque de la Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique" (2020, p. 161-212).

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