Noor : Interfaith Dialogues -Theology, Polemics, and the Politics of Toleration in Multicultural Societies Past and Present

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
www.noorculturalcentre.ca/

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.”
 

 

Location

Noor Cultural Centree
123 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON M3C 1K1
Canada
43° 43' 36.66" N, 79° 19' 39.1764" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.