Buddhism and Interreligious Understanding
The subject focuses on a theory of religion, spirituality, and interfaith dialogue. Firstly, it presents secularisation processes and outlines the foundations of religious studies, it then proceeds with an examination of fundamental issues in the history and development of the major world religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism from a comparative and interfaith perspective.
In the theoretical component the major methodological approaches will be presented and examined, and in the practical part readings of key texts, related to the subject outlined, will be discussed in the context of modern societal problems such as economic, political and gender issues, and approaches to conflict resolution and peace.
The subject outlines the main features of contemporary feminist philosophy of religion, drawing particularly from the works of Luce Irigaray. Additionally, the subject aims to investigate the role and future of religion and interfaith dialogue in our globalised world. Students will also explore how Buddhist perspectives could inform and contribute to contemporary interfaith dialogue.
This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:
Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2: Five lecture days on campus (9am – 5pm)
Weeks 3 – 5: Submission of assessments online