The Present and Future of Inter-religiosity

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2022) | Viewed by 1909

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Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, USA
Interests: interreligious dialogue; comparative religions; religion, peace and conflicts; Sufism and mystical philosophy
Department of Religious Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Interests: sociology of religion; civil religion; cosmopolitanism; Korean religious philosophy; religious issues in Korea
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to discuss the present and future of inter-religiosity. As we observe, inter-religious encounters and interactions have become ubiquitous in today’s globalized world of religious pluralism and diversity. This context informs us of inter-religiosity, a new form of religiosity, which can be described as a strong religious feeling or belief that a quite good and increasing number of people show in their interactions with people of other religions. There has been a steady stream of studies on interreligious interactions, and we now have a considerable number of studies that shed light on many aspects of interreligious relations. However, few have focused on ‘religiosity’ that appears in interreligious encounters and interactions. Proposing the term ‘inter-religiosity,’ this Special Issue focuses on religiosity in the context of globalism, pluralism and diversity. The editors acknowledge inter-religiosity as an umbrella term that covers every aspect of religiosity stemming from interreligious encounters, relations and interactions—be it receptive or antagonistic to other religions, or be it related to digital humanity (especially as we experience this more under the pandemic in recent years). Papers that provide a fresh look at inter-religiosity, delineating its present and future, are welcomed; the submission of case studies in diverse cultural contexts across the globe is particularly encouraged.

We request that prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send this to the Guest Editors, Dr. Heon C. Kim ([email protected]), Dr. Song Chong Lee ([email protected]), or to the Religions Editorial Office ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

  • Abstract submission deadline: September 15th, 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: October 15th, 2022
  • Full manuscript deadline: December 15th, 2022

Prof. Dr. Heon C. Kim
Prof. Dr. Song-Chong Lee
Guest Editors

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  • interreligious relations and interactions
  • interreligious/interfaith dialogue
  • comparative religions
  • religious pluralism and diversity
  • religiosity

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New Muslim Generations: Shaping Self-Image, Reshaping Religion: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Inter-Religiosity with Muslim Youth in the Alps-Adriatic Region
Religions 2023, 14(8), 993; - 02 Aug 2023
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This paper focuses on the everyday religious practices of second-generation Muslims who have been born, raised, and socialized in the Alps-Adriatic region. These individuals are developing their own forms of religiousness and perspectives on religion. Religious practices are often regarded as a mere [...] Read more.
This paper focuses on the everyday religious practices of second-generation Muslims who have been born, raised, and socialized in the Alps-Adriatic region. These individuals are developing their own forms of religiousness and perspectives on religion. Religious practices are often regarded as a mere continuation of Islamic traditions in the countries from which their parent generation migrated. However, this generation practices religion in ways that are shaped by socialization in a largely secularized postmodern society and by inter-religiosity, i.e., interaction between people with different beliefs that provokes them to reflect on attitudes, altering their perspectives. Whereas their parents or grandparents more or less lived in their own bubble, mainly because they did not speak the language well enough, the new generation see inter-religious interaction and communication as a matter of course—part of the everyday practices that they take for granted. The empirical section of this paper looks at the experiences and everyday practices of the new Muslim generation. It draws on a participatory project focusing on the photovoice method, which involved Muslim youth not as the subjects of research but as co-researchers. In addition to this approach, the methodology incorporated phenomenological anecdotal research and reading. Adopting a participatory approach, the young people reported on their specific everyday experiences and everyday inter-religious practices. In the process, they described not only their experiences of foreignness and exclusion but also transcultural strategies and ways to address such experiences, such as adopting a self-confident position, taking action, and developing hybrid life plans. Full article
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