The Ackland Art Museum

In fall 1997, the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) began focusing resources on using its multicultural...

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Ackland Art Museum
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Rachel Antell

Rachel Antell received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School in 1992 and an MA in documentary film and video from Stanford University in 2001. Her...

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Documentary Filmmaker
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Carlos Arboleda

The Project for Religious Pluralism in Colombia, directed by Dr. Carlos Arboleda Mora, studies the religious diversity in Colombia with a focus on...

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Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Medellín, Colombia

Dr. Linda Barnes

Dr. Linda Barnes is a professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and teaches in the Division of Religious and Theological... Read more about Linda Barnes
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Abbas Barzegar

The events of 9/11 came as a shock to the entire world; for Muslim communities, and particularly for those in the United States, there was no time available to privately absorb the impact of the attacks. Muslims were immediately cast into the public spotlight and asked to explain their faith in terms of its association with global terrorism, religious extremism, and militant ideologies—concepts as foreign to Muslim Americans as they were to non-Muslim Americans. 9/11 was the catalyst to an explosion of intra/interfaith Muslim activity, the extent and impact of which we have yet to fully understand.

Abbas Barzegar, a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, undertook this research with the goal of surveying the various activities and engagements undertaken by Muslim groups in Colorado after 9/11 in terms of inter/intra faith religious activity and assess the dynamics of this increased activity in terms of religious praxis, that is, the interplay between religious conception and behavior. While the majority of Colorado Muslim groups adhere to nearly identical religious tenets, the organizational behavior of various communities differs greatly from group to group. The research accounted for this level of diversity by testing hypotheses regarding issues such as identity politics and religious sectarianism.

Five distinct groups were chosen for the research. Each group represents a large section of Colorado Muslims while at the same time they represent broad ideological patterns in the Colorado Muslim community, and also in the larger national and global contexts. The groups included communities of Arab and South Asian immigrants belonging to Sunni, Shiite, and Salafi orientations, in addition to the numerous converts. Community leaders and members are drawn upon for consultation and participation in the project. Informal interviews and participant observation are the primary methods of data collection.

As of 2019, Dr. Barzegar is visiting lecturer at Georgia State University and a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. 

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Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Martin Baumann

Martin Baumann is professor for the study of religions at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. with a thesis on the history of...

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University of Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland

Dr. Patrice Brodeur

Dr. Patrice Brodeur has been involved with the Pluralism Project since the early 1990s and an affiliate since 1999. From 1999-2004, he directed the...

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University of Montréal | Montréal, Canada
KAICIID Dialogue Centre | Vienna, Austria

Dr. Cindy Brown

Dr. Cindy Brown is a photojournalist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She became a Pluralism Project affiliate in 2002 while teaching photojournalism in the journalism department at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Brown's project documented religious diversity in several Southern Mississippi cities. In 2011, some these photos were displayed at Emory University's Center for Ethics. 








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Dr. Timothy Cahill

Dr. Timothy Cahill is associate professor of Asian religions at Loyola University New Orleans. From 1998-2006, he led a project to map the religious... Read more about Timothy Cahill
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Stuart Chandler

Dr. Stuart Chandler has been researching Western Pennsylvania's evolving religious pluralism as a Pluralism Project Affiliate since 2001. He has established a... Read more about Stuart Chandler
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

Dr. David Damrel

Dr. David Damrel became a Pluralism Project affiliate in 2002 while teaching religious studies at Arizona State University. He developed a course to engage... Read more about David Damrel
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC