The Role of Religious Actors in the COVID-19 Pandemic

a theory-based empirical analysis with policy recommendations for action

The subject of religion and the behaviour of religious actors in the COVID-19 crisis appear at first glance to constitute either just marginal issues or factors which tend to be negative. On the other hand, there is far less public discussion on the key role played by religious communities as civil society partners of governments or the WHO, as agencies providing charitable and pastoral assistance, and as a resource for hope and contingency management so as to successfully cope with the pandemic. This study analyses the ambivalent role of actors in the COVID-19 pandemic within the framework of a theory-based empirical analysis, presents the most important developments, learning effects and problem areas yet to be addressed and finally, based on this, draws up policy recommendations for action.

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Year of publication: 2021

Alexander Yendell, Oliver Hidalgo, Carolin Hillenbrand

Type of publication: Studies
Topic: Intercultural Dialogue, International Cultural Relations, Culture and Foreign Policy
Edition: 1
Pages: 150
Series: ifa Edition Culture and Foreign Policy
Art. No.: 7083

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