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ERIC Number: EJ1094873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Toward a Field of Interfaith Studies
Patel, Eboo
Liberal Education, v99 n4 Fall 2013
Scholars from a range of fields have long taken an interest in how people who orient around religion differently interact with one another. Indeed, this phenomenon has been the subject of important works in political science ("The Clash of Civilizations" by Samuel Huntington), sociology ("American Grace" by Robert Putnam and David Campbell) and religion and theology ("No Other Name?" by Paul Knitter). As the activity in this area increases, one crucial role for the academy is to give some definition to what is clearly an emerging field of research, study, and practice. Another role is to recognize the importance of training people who have the knowledge base and skill set needed to engage religious diversity in a way that promotes peace, stability, and cooperation--and to begin offering academic programs that certify such leaders. In this article, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core--an organization that partners with college campuses on interfaith programs--Eboo Patel defines the contours of "interfaith studies" and describes what a course of study in this field might look like.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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