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Monday, March 4 • 10:45 - 12:45
#4/344.2 – Diverse Aspects of Inter-Religious Dialogue Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Induism

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This panel’s objective is to include different research projects and debates which converge into the flourishing field of inter-religious dialogue (hereafter, IRD). In the first session, entitled “Christianity and Islam, part I”, while, on the one hand, some speakers will try to analyse and shed new light on the IRD of Pope Francis in crucial geopolitical areas, on the other hand, key questions will be addressed on Islam as a universal religion and on its peaceful or violent spread. Finally, the perception of the religious otherness will be explored through the language and symbolism of films.
In the second session, entitled “Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism”, the discourse will move far East for a while through the explorations of the struggle of Dual-Religious Belonging and of post- modern perspectives on post-Christianity and secular Buddhism. Then, there will be an examination of the Catholic Church response to WWII massacres in Poland and Ukraine as well as an assessment of theories of conversion from Islam to Christianity.
In the third session, entitled “Christianity and Islam, part II”, IRD will be investigated from the perspective of Syrian refugees as well as through the lenses of public diplomacy. Finally, before asking important questions hinged on gender roles and digital youth voices, IRD will assume the connotations of Inter-Faith Dialogue in the specific case of Uchimura Kanzō.

  • Mario I. Aguilar (CSRP, University of St. Andrews)
  • Porsiana Beatrice (CSRP, University of St. Andrews)

  • Thomas Cattoi (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley) - Post-Christian Theologies and Secular Buddhism: Towards Interreligious Dialogue in Postmodernity
  • Stefanie Knecht (CSRP, University of St. Andrews) - Religious leaders as midwives of national consciousness and peacebuilders during the massacres of Eastern Galicia and Volhynia 1943-45: The Analysis of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 
  • Nadya Pohran (University of Cambridge) - “Not This, Not That”: The Struggle of Dual-Religious Belonging
  • Mátyás Bódi (CSRP, University of St. Andrews) - The Conversion to Islam of Hungarian Orientalist Gyula Germanus

Language: English



CSRP, University of St. Andrews

Mario I. Aguilar

CSRP, University of St. Andrews


Thomas Cattoi

Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley


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