Special Issue "Multifaith Spaces in Global Perspective"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Paul Michael Hedges

Associate Professor in Interreligious Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798
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Interests: interreligious studies, method and theory in the study of religion, postcolonialism and decolonialism, Christianity in global and interreligious perspective
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Anna Halafoff

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, 3125, Australia
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Interests: intercultural and interreligious relations; countering violent extremism; education about religions and beliefs; sacred places; gender and Buddhism; and Buddhism in Australia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The notion of different traditions sharing the same ritual space is not new. At pilgrimage sites, shrines, and places of worship, different religious traditions have found common ground, ways to interact, and shared figures of devotion across the centuries and in many geographical contexts. Today, often seen as innovative, we see talk of multifaith spaces. From newly designed spaces to more traditional sites, there is increasing discussion about what these mean and how they operate. This special issue seeks to explore these from a variety of disciplinary and critical perspectives. Contributors may write from both academic theological and non-confessional perspectives, either supportive or critical of such ventures. Questions and issues which may be explored include: what are the practical hindrances to building or planning such initiatives; what power dynamics lurk behind the construction and agenda of their propagation; how can they be justified from within religious traditions; should they include the nonreligious; case studies of particular examples in terms of specific local dynamics; case studies of where actual or planned ventures have gone wrong or turned sour. Authors are encouraged to explore these issues from global perspectives.

Prof. Dr. Paul Michael Hedges
Prof. Dr. Anna Halafoff
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • multifaith spaces
  • interreligious studies
  • interfaith interaction
  • sacred places
  • pilgrimage
  • shared spaces

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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