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Teaching Interfaith Relations at Universities in the Arab Middle East: Challenges and Strategies

College of Islamic Studies, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Education City, 34110 Doha, Qatar
Academic Editor: Terry Lovat
Religions 2021, 12(5), 330; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050330
Received: 11 February 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 9 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
This study explores the present state of teaching Interfaith/Interreligious Relations at universities in the Arab Middle East. First, it considers the definition and various approaches to teaching Interfaith Relations by leading proponents of Interreligious Studies in the West such as Oddbjørn Leirvik and Marianne Moyaert within a theoretical framework that is sensitive to the Arab Middle Eastern context. It explores several key factors in Arab society that have prevented the teaching of Interfaith Relations in universities. The discussion then turns to the unique Dar Al-Kalima University (Palestine) Interreligious Dialogue Inter-Regional Curriculum initiative and its significance for teaching Interfaith Relations in the university. Finally, the study examines the case study method of teaching developed by Diana Eck at Harvard University, which can be adapted to a Middle Eastern context and offers two unique case studies for university teachers. View Full-Text
Keywords: interfaith studies; interreligious studies; interfaith dialogue; disruptive education; teaching interfaith studies; interfaith relations interfaith studies; interreligious studies; interfaith dialogue; disruptive education; teaching interfaith studies; interfaith relations
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Meri, J. Teaching Interfaith Relations at Universities in the Arab Middle East: Challenges and Strategies. Religions 2021, 12, 330. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050330

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Meri J. Teaching Interfaith Relations at Universities in the Arab Middle East: Challenges and Strategies. Religions. 2021; 12(5):330. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050330

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Meri, Josef. 2021. "Teaching Interfaith Relations at Universities in the Arab Middle East: Challenges and Strategies" Religions 12, no. 5: 330. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050330

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