Iconic Religion in Urban Space

23 February, 2017

New article by Birgit Meyer, Kim Knott and Volkhard Krech.

Iconic Religion in Urban Space, Special Issue of Material Religion, 12(2) 2016. 

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“In order to understand current dynamics of religious diversity, a focus on the tangible presence of religion and the co-existence of new and longstanding religious buildings, sites and artifacts in urban spaces is a fruitful starting point. Launching the notion of iconic religion, this introduction seeks to contribute to developing a scholarly framework for the nexus of religion and the city from a spatial, material, aesthetic and semiotic angle. Situated in the interface between matter and religious meaning, religious icons are not simply carriers of meaning, but make it present.”