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Teaching Interreligious Encounters$
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Marc A. Pugliese and Alex Y. Hwang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677565.001.0001

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Teaching Interfaith Leadership

Teaching Interfaith Leadership

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Teaching Interreligious Encounters

Eboo Patel

Cassie Meyer

Oxford University Press

As religious diversity increases, there is an opportunity in the religious studies or theology classroom to teach students the knowledge and skills that will allow them to constructively engage that diversity in their professions. In this chapter, we sketch a concrete, interdisciplinary approach to teaching what we call “interfaith leadership” in the college classroom. We begin by offering a working definition of interfaith leadership, and then explore strategies for teaching interfaith leadership, including resources and activities. Surveyed approaches to teaching the knowledge aspect of interfaith leadership include texts exploring the interactions of diverse religious communities, theologies or ethics of interfaith cooperation, and spiritual autobiographies. Approaches to teaching the skills aspect of interfaith engagement include case studies, interfaith events, projects to build interfaith cooperation, and partnerships with interfaith groups and organizations.

Keywords:   religious pluralism, interfaith, teaching, religious literacy, interreligious

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