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Inter-Religious Dialogue Models in Malaysia

Author(s): Wan Sabri Wan Yusof | Arfah Ab Majid

Journal: Global Journal Al-Thaqafah
ISSN 2232-0474

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Inter-religious dialogue | Organizations | Models | Designs

Over the years, many organizations have involved in the implementation of inter-religious dialogue in Malaysia. However, there are stillthose who doubt the role and purpose of interreligious dialogue. This might be due to lack of information and understanding regardingthe methodology of dialogue and also about different types that it may take. The present study is aimed at exploring a few models ofinter-religious dialogue that have been practised by some organizations that actively involved in dialogue. The study focuses on a review of selected organizational or institutional dialoguemodels such as Center for Civilizational Dialogue (CCD), Students Representative Council of Malaysia Science University (HealthCampus) and Inter-faith Spiritual Fellowship (INSaF). This study provides information concerning the various designs of inter-religiousdialogue model in Malaysia and proposes that different designs of inter-religious dialogue rely on its different types and goals. It is found that, the commonly practiced type of dialogue in Malaysia is educational type which focuses on exploring inter-religious commonalities as well as differences which consequently willincrease understanding and foster meaningful engagement between people of different ethnic and religious background in Malaysia. Thistype of dialogue is distinguished from conflict resolution types of dialogue which aims at identifying issues and generating action plansto conflicts or disputes.
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