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Windows to World Religions

Selected Proceedings of the Global Congress on the World’s Religions After September 11 by: Arvind Sharma

A selection of papers presented at a global congress on World’s Religions after September 11, stressing the need for various religions to develop a better understanding of each other. The papers deal with Islamic, Christian, Bahai, Sikh, Primal and Hindu religious traditions and beliefs.

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ISBN: 9788124604755
Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 221
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

The volume is concerned with the role of religion in the present day. Presenting proceedings of a global “Congress on World’s Religions after September 11” held in September 2006 at Montreal, Canada, it stresses the need for interfaith friendships to develop understanding between faiths and remove stereotypes that have emerged concerning religious beliefs and their followers. Examining the thoughts of Western theologians and others on the role of religion, it discusses spirituality as being at the root of tolerance. The papers refer to Islamic, Christian Mennonite, Bahz’i, Sikh and Hindu religious traditions and beliefs but bear specific reference to the North American Roman Catholic Retreat Centre at Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. They engage in examining specific topics pertaining to the different religious faiths and traditions. They examine the life of Guru Arjan Dev and his message and its significance today, the work of Mira Behn towards conserving the environment of the Himalayas, and the indigenous Australian Christian women’s perception. The book provides a glimpse into the life, work and experiences of the spiritual women of Ramanashrama at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and Ramana’s views on woman’s right to spirituality, asceticism and salvation. It showcases the contribution of the Inter-religious Council of Central New York towards bringing people of different faiths and cultures into situations of mutual respect and trust. The volume includes the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Contents

Introduction
— Arvind Sharma
PAPERS
1. Polyphony and the Aesthetics of Interreligious Dialogue
— John N. Sheveland
2. Spirituality as the Root of Tolerance: Religion Practised at the Retreat Centre
— Paul Schwartzentruber
3. Interfaith Friendship: A Bridge to Peace
— Susan Kennel Harrison
4. A BahA’i Perspective on Human Rights and the World’s Religions After September 11
— Brian D. Lepard
5. Christian Missionary Activities in Turkey: Myth or Reality?
— Mustafa Koylu
6. The Life of Guru Arjan Dev and its Present-day Relevance
— P. S. Bhandari
7. Mira Behn: an Environmentalist of the Himalayas
— George James
8. How Australian Indigenous Women Transform Christianity
— Lee Miena Skye
9. Of Terror and Tranquillity: The Ramanashram — A Gendered Perspective
— Vijaya Ramaswamy
PANEL
Journey into Openness
10. Understandings of Interreligious Dialogue
— Mary N. MacDonald
11. Overview of the InterReligious Council of Central New York
— Rabbi Daniel A. Jezer
12. Ecology and Religion
— Rhea Jezer
13. The Work of the Education Committee of the InterReligious Council of Central New York
— Rev. James C. Bresnahan
PANEL
Responsibility Beyond Borders
14. Our Responsibility for Each Other
— Jehan Bagli
15. Our Responsibility for Each Other
— Roshni Kasad
Appendix: Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions
The Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.
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