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ERIC Number: EJ1018888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Exploring Religious Identity through the Arts: A Call to Theologians
Parker, Rosalind
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v13 n1-2 p88-100 Feb-Apr 2014
Starting with an art exhibition which explored issues of religious identity, and with an illuminative case study of a "British Muslim" artist, this paper sets out a two-fold impact of approaching religious subjects from the angle of aesthetics. Firstly, the arts can be employed to open out categories of religious identity as non-fixed and permeable, which in turn shapes resulting inter-faith dialogue. Secondly, this can bring the theologian a clearer sense of how the discipline shapes its theory in the light of such cross-disciplinary engagement, informing a new awareness of the relationship between the researcher and research subject that fruitfully complicates the researcher's conceptualisation of religious identity. For a theologian working in the area of religious studies, understanding can be enriched by holding an awareness of the subject as subject: the way that it is shaped by one's methodological grasp. The arts have a special role to play for theologians and others engaged in academic inquiry, reminding how identity is continually in formation, and continually requires fresh expression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Cambridge)