ERIC Number: ED496732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Teaching about the Religious Other: United States Institute of Peace Special Report 143
United States Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace held a two day workshop titled "Teaching about the Religious Other" on March 3-4, 2005. The sixteen workshop participants were professors experienced in teaching those of one Abrahamic faith about another Abrahamic faith either in U.S. classrooms or abroad. The purpose of the workshop was to enable these educators to share their experiences and curricular materials, to plan collaborative projects to improve the quality of such education, and to increase the number of such programs. In a world experiencing violent conflict among the three Abrahamic faith communities, it is vitally important that adherents of one faith learn about the other two faiths. Such educational exposure helps increase tolerance and advance peaceful coexistence. This report summarizes the presentations of the participants, introduces some promising new programs for teaching about the religious other, and offers lessons drawn from the discussion. The author, David Smock, is the director of the Institute's Religion and Peacemaking Initiative.
Descriptors: Religious Conflict, Workshops, Discourse Communities, Cooperative Programs, College Faculty, Ideology, Beliefs, Profiles, Comparative Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Liberal Arts, Religious Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: United States Inst. of Peace, Washington, DC.