Noor Open Discussion Forum:
INTERFAITH DIALOGUES: THEOLOGY, POLEMICS, AND THE POLITICS OF TOLERATION IN MULTICULTURAL SOCIETIES PAST AND PRESENT
Thursday, May 22, 7:00pm
Noor Cultural Centre 123 Wynford Drive , Toronto 416 444-7148
Presented by: Dr. Adnan Husain, Queens University Associate Professor and Queen's National Scholar Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic World.
“What is the purpose of dialogues among representatives of different faith traditions? The search for the true path? Promoting understanding and toleration of differences ? To prove the superiority or inferiority of a religion? What is the place of such interreligious dialogue in Muslim tradition? The reasons are and have always been varied. The history of inter-religious discussion is an interesting and instructive one: spanning the medieval majlis of the Caliphs, the disputatio in Catholic Europe and the grand debates of the Mongol Khans to today's major conferences (like those sponsored by the Vatican or the Alliance of Civilizations) and local discussion circles at churches and community centers. However, the history of religious relations is also closely connected to polemic in all religious traditions. Religious hostility has been expressed in stereotypes and myths like the blood libel and institutions like the Inquisition to today's Islamophobia. This discussion explores primarily the legacies of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious interactions in the Medieval Mediterranean--particularly religious discussion, debate, and polemics. It proposes to use these historical episodes to reflect critically on the contemporary meanings of such encounters, both their ethics and politics, and the possibilities for enhancing spiritual and social understanding.”
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