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Seeing the other side

We can't understand other countries - or our own - without reflecting on religion

By Diarmaid MacCulloch  

Muslim pilgrims perform Friday prayers in front of the Grand Mosque in Mecca ©Mustafa Ozer/ AFP/ Getty Images

The latest series of British Academy debates took us into rather different territory from previous topics: in dealing with faith, we explored a less tangible but deeply controversial and personal area of society. For good or ill, religious faith remains one of the main drivers of human happiness (and unhappiness) in the world today.…

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