Religion and politics take centre stage

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A NEW research centre which studies the links between religion and politics is to open at Scotland’s oldest university, it emerged today.

The Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) at the University of St Andrews will be officially launched this Thursday.

The centre is a collaboration between the Schools of Divinity, International Relations, Modern Languages, and Philosophical and Anthropological Studies.

It will be based at the School of Divinity under the leadership of Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Dr Mario I Aguilar.

The CSRP is patroned jointly by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Scotland’s most senior Catholic, and writer and theologian Gustavo Gutierrez.

One key project within the centre will be to look at Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist communities in Scotland.