REDI4000 – Interreligious relations: Defining Moments, Current Encounters
Religions are part of complex societies, facing other faiths and intersecting differences based on gender, class and culture. How can we understand the relation between faith, culture and politics, when people of different religious belonging (or no belonging) coexist, get involved in conflict, or engage each other in dialogue? How do different religious traditions cope with diversity and pluralism, in their current theological reflection? And how can we understand the phenomenon of multiple religious belonging?
Searching for defining moments, the course will also discuss how memories of the past inform current encounters. Through an elective reading, the course will allow an in-depth contextual study of a particular aspect of interreligious relations (historical or current). Theoretically, the course will explore the scholarly field of interreligious studies.
Upon completion of the course, students should (1) have obtained critical insight about different aspects of interreligious relations. They should (2) be able to discuss how current religious encounters are influenced by history and shifting socio-political contexts. The student should also (3) be able to engage constructively in current discussions about interreligious dialogue.
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During the course the following assignments must be fulfilled:
(1) a book review of 1000 to 1250 words (in English) related to a monograph chosen by the student (cf. "elective study" in the reading list), and
(2) two texts of 1000 words each (in English) reflecting on a specified part of the general reading list, plus a short response in Canvas to the assignment of a fellow student.
The student may be asked to present the assignment in class.
Home exam 3000-4000 words.
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