New Blog Highlights Catholic, Muslim, Secular Interaction


Contact: Tim Shah,

The Kroc Institute has launched a new blog for Contending Modernities, the global research initiative based at Notre Dame in partnership with scholars of Catholicism, Islam, and secularism around the world.

This blog is a forum for research, ideas, opinions, and debates about how religious and secular individuals and institutions interact in and with the modern world. It will highlight, preview, and supplement the formal research projects undertaken by Contending Modernities scholars. Recent posts include the remarks of Shaykh Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, video of Scott Appleby explaining the goals of the project, and commentary by Margot Badran on Islamic feminism in Spain, among others. 

Contending Modernities is directed by R. Scott Appleby, professor of history and director of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Patrick Q. Mason, Research Associate Professor at the Kroc Institute, is Associate Director for Research for Contending Modernities.