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Learning about Religions: An Indonesian Religious Literacy Program as a Multifaith Site for Mutual Learning

Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
Religions 2020, 11(9), 433; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11090433
Received: 30 June 2020 / Revised: 12 August 2020 / Accepted: 20 August 2020 / Published: 24 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multifaith Spaces in Global Perspective)
The term “literacy” has been mostly applied in the context of language, mathematical and cultural abilities as a basic competency in life and social interaction. Thus, competence in reading, writing and math subjects as well as cultural training are perceived to be the definition of literacy found in many societies around the world. This article examines the concept and application of Indonesia’s “religious literacy” program as a multifaith site for mutual learning among religious communities. This program is expected to offer a mechanism to moderate the religious fervour that is currently engulfing the nation and become a buffer against radicalism. Based on collaboration between university-based academics and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the program strives to promote social justice, religious harmony and multiculturalism. The religious literacy program mainly targets the Ministry’s religious extension officers, religion teachers and representatives of various so-called “strategic groups” in six provinces in Indonesia. Findings suggest that the religious literacy program has helped the frontliners to get to know each other, share their tacit knowledge, insights and experiences, making the program into a multifaith site for mutual learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious literacy; extension officers; multifaith; mutual learning; Indonesia; Ministry of Religious Affairs religious literacy; extension officers; multifaith; mutual learning; Indonesia; Ministry of Religious Affairs
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