Diagnosis, Proposals and Actions related to Religious Diversity in Africa and Asia

“After more than 4 decades of bloodshed on both sides, 15 years of peace
negotiations, countless mothers burying their dead, fathers fighting with grief in
their hearts, at long last the land of Mindanao sighs in relief”, wrote the Filipino
scholar and community leader Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan from Mindanao in his
paper Religious Diversity: A Chance or a Threat for Peace and Development in
the Bangsamoro New Political Entity? Under his direction, Al Qalam Institute
for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia organised since 2011 intrafaith
dialogue as well as inter-cultural and inter-religious (inter-faith) dialogue,
public discussions and deliberations on social and theological issues, intercivilisational
dialogue and peace-building, and Islamic knowledge production,
preservation and research. He discovered key important points about religious
diversity in his region: religious diversity if not properly handled may become a
source of threat to peace and a source of conflict; globalisation being perceived
as a ground for secularisation; “arabisation” of Muslim Filipinos poses a threat
to religious diversity; intra-faith dialogue among the Wahhabis, Salafi, Sunni,
Shiites, and Sufis within the Bangsamoro Region is needed to ensure peace
and development; and recognition of historical roots promotes acceptance of
diversities of religions.

Challenges and Responses in Africa and Asia
With a Comparative View from Europe
55 Years after the Bandung Asian-African Conference 1955
Editor: Darwis Khudori


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