Interreligious dialogue

 INTRODUCTION This course aims at providing the students with the need and importance of ‘dialogue between religions’, particularly in the context of the escalation of war and conflicts all over the world. Several of the perpetrators of these wars/conflicts often take recourse to their ‘religion’ for a legitimization of their violent acts. The key tenets of all world religions are enshrined in basics like justice, love, peace, mercy, reconciliation and compassion. During the course, the students will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the subject as per the curriculum below. Relevant reading material will also be given. The seven sessions are designed to help the students appreciate the good in another religion/belief and to reflect on stereotypes, myths and questionable practices through case studies and other relevant examples.  METHODOLOGY The methodology used will be participatory and interactive. Students will be invited to reflect and share on some critical questions/issues. Some ‘home-work’ will be given daily. Each session will begin with a ‘feedback’ slot of lessons learnt from the previous session. A couple of relevant films will also be screened.  MANDATORY REQUIREMENT Students have to submit a mandatory written (3-5 pages, hard copy) assignment to the ‘Faculte des Sciences Religeuses’ office on or before Wed. 20th Dec. 2017. The topic of this assignment will be provided before the end of the course  COURSE CURRICULUM Session I: An overview of inter-religious dialogue o introductions(and expectations) o conceptual clarity/purpose of dialogue between religions o some ground rules for this dialogue Session II: A Glimpse into World Religions o brief history o key tenets o commonalities (shared values/beliefs) Session III: The Emergence of the religious “right” o the growth of religious extremism/fundamentalism/fanaticism o the general lack of voices of moderation o Case Studies: Ku Klux Klan (US) and Hindutva (India) Session IV: The Role of Religion in Conflict o politicians/ ‘religious leaders’/vested interests fomenting violence/conflict o indoctrination through school text-books/media/historical distortions o religion is about building bridges not walls Session V: What is Religion? o my personal understanding of religion o how do I perceive the faith/religious practices of another o what have I being doing to learn about another’s religion Session VI: Revisiting Interreligious Dialogue o the Dialogue Decalogue o keys to effective religious dialogue o justice and reconciliation as important dimensions Session VII: New Challenges for the Future o why dialogue between religions is paramount today o what can be done: practical implications/implementation o Conclusion and Evaluation

Temps présentiel : 12.5 heures

Charge de travail étudiant : 37.5 heures

Méthode(s) d'évaluation : Travail personnel

Référence :
 BIBLIOGRAPHY: o Articles: - Swidler, Leonard, ‘The Dialogue Decalogue: Ground Rules for Interreligious Dialogue,’ Journal of Ecumenical Studies 20.1 (1983): 1 - 4. - Ucko, Hans, ‘The Urgency of Inter- Religious Dialogue’ (in Meeting Rivers, Sweden 1997) o Books: - Brass, Paul R., ‘Theft Of An Idol’ (Text and Context in the Representation of Collective Violence) - Hicks, John H., ‘God Has Many Names’

Ce cours est proposé dans les diplômes suivants
 Certificat en étude des réalités historiques et religieuses du Proche-Orient