Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith dialogue, together with the related concepts of interreligious and multifaith dialogue, refers to processes of establishing better understanding among religions and ways of managing intergroup problems. Interfaith and multifaith dialogue reflect the salience of the growing diversity in contemporary societies; the difference in terminology is a matter of usage in different contexts. Whereas the former has been more widely used in the United States, the latter reflects the multicultural policies in the United Kingdom and Australia.

In recent years, interfaith initiatives have been engaged with protecting human rights and global development, thereby increasing their role in international politics. Interfaith dialogue has become a matter for interdisciplinary analysis and integrated research in comparative theology, the sociology of religion, religious studies, international relations, national politics, and cultural ...

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