Relations between Christians and Muslims, between Christians and Jews, and between Jewish and Muslims play a major role in the design of contemporary history in the making. Interreligious conflicts juxtaposed with productive interreligious dialogue are evident across the globe. Contemporary interreligious interaction has aroused new interest in its historic and social roots. Scholarly research is reexamining this field and inquiring into the societal role of religious faith. The study of religions considers religion's function in the design and evolvement of state institutions, the design of systems of inclusion, seclusion and control, and the tension between personal and public religion.
The Center promotes interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research, and initiates joint academic ventures with researchers at other universities and research institutes in Israel and throughout the world.