The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue Hardback

Plurality, Conflict and Elitism in Hindu-Christian-Muslim Relations

by Muthuraj Swamy;


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The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue

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Muthuraj Swamy provides a fresh perspective on the world religions paradigm and 'interreligious dialogue'. By challenging the assumption that 'world religions' operate as essential entities separate from the lived experiences of practitioners, he shows that interreligious dialogue is in turn problematic as it is built on this very paradigm, and on the myth of religious conflict. Offering a critique of the idea of 'dialogue' as it has been advanced by its proponents such as religious leaders and theologians whose aims are to promote inter-religious conversation and understanding, the author argues that this approach is 'elitist' and that in reality, people do not make sharp distinctions between religions, nor do they separate political, economic, social and cultural beliefs and practices from their religious traditions. Case studies from villages in southern India explore how Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities interact in numerous ways that break the neat categories often used to describe each religion. Swamy argues that those who promote dialogue are ostensibly attempting to overcome the separate identities of religious practitioners through understanding, but in fact, they re-enforce them by encouraging a false sense of separation. "The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue: Plurality, Conflict and Elitism in Hindu-Christian-Muslim Relations" provides an innovative approach to a central issue confronting Religious Studies, combining both theory and ethnography.

The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue by Muthuraj Swamy was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2016. The ISBN for The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue is 9781474256407.

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Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 2016)
Weight517g
Number of Pages256
Thickness24 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781474256407
ISBN-101474256406
Product Code4343167
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