Teaching Interreligious Encounters

ISBN : 9780190677565

Marc A. Pugliese
296 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Oct 2017
AAR Teaching Religious Studies
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In Teaching Interreligious Encounters, editors Marc A. Pugliese and Alexander Y. Hwang have gathered together a multidisciplinary and international group of scholar-teachers to explore the pedagogical issues that occur at the intersection of different religious traditions. This volume is both a theoretical and practical guide for new teachers as well as seasoned scholars. It breaks the pedagogy of interreligious encounters down into five distinct components. In the first part, essays explore the theory of teaching these encounters; in the second, essays discuss course design. The parts that follow engage practical ideas for teaching textual analysis, practice, and real-world application. Despite their disciplinary, contextual, and methodological diversity, these essays share a common vision for the learning goals and outcomes of teaching interreligious encounters. This is a much needed resource for any teacher participating in these conversations.


Marc A. Pugliese and Alexander Y. Hwang

Part I. Theorizing Encounters: Paradigms, Exemplars, Caveats, and Strange Bedfellows
Pluralism and Power: Considering What Counts in the Discourse on Religions
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Fordham University
Masao Abe and Comparative Theology
Leo D. Lefebure, Georgetown University
The 'Us-Them' Dilemma: The Need for Reflexivity while Teaching Interreligious Encounters
J. Derrick Lemons, University of Georgia
Pluralistic Pedagogy for Pluralism
Hsiao-Lan Hu, University of Detroit Mercy
Maintaining Neutrality while Teaching Religious Studies
Robert McKim, University of Illinois
Interreligious Literacy and Scriptural Reasoning: Some Hermeneutical, Anthropological, Pedagogical and Experiential Reflections
Marianne Moyaert, Faculty of Theology, KU Leuven, Belgium
Theological Pluralism, Interreligious Dialogue, And Encountering 'Reality'
Louis Komjathy, University of San Diego

Part II. Designing Encounters: Course Design, Strategies, and Challenges
Challenges in Teaching Islamic Studies in Western Universities: The Problem of Streamlining Islam for Undergraduates
Imranali Panjwani, King's College London
A Primer on Teaching Interreligious Encounter and Undergraduate Course Design
Hans Gustafson, University of St. Thomas
Teaching Comparative Political Theology: Text Selection and Sample Texts for a Course on Christianity and Chinese Religions
Joshua R. Brown, University of Dayton
Using Hevruta to Do and Teach Comparative Theology
Devorah Schoenfeld, Loyola University Chicago, and Jeanine Diller, University of Toledo

Part III. Textual Encounters: Methods, Texts, and Traditions
Teaching Exodus Inter-Religiously
Daniel Maoz and Allen Jorgenson, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Interreligious Teachings and the Qur'an: The Art of Interpretation
Hussam S. Timani, Christopher Newport University
Reading Ignatius in Kathmandu: Towards a new Pedagogy of Interreligious Dialogue
Thomas Cattoi, Santa Clara University
Introducing the Bhagavad Gita as Theological Source Text: Text and Commentary, Teacher and Student
Jonathan Edelmann, University of Florida

Part IV. Practical Encounters: Case Studies, Site Visits, and Immersion Programs
Sacred Spaces and Interreligious Learning
Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Claremont School of Theology
Teaching Interreligious Encounters through Case Studies
Emily Sigalow, Duke University, and Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University
The Case Study Method as a Means of Teaching About Pluralism
Brendan W. Randall and Whittney Barth, The Pluralism Project, Harvard University
A Contextual Model for Interreligious Learning
Marianne Farina, C.S.C., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and Robert W. McChesney, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

Part V. Formational Encounters: Preparation for Vocation and Citizenship
Teaching Interfaith Leadership
Eboo Patel and Cassie Meyer, Interfaith Youth Core
Teaching Interspiritual Dialogue to Health Care Professionals: Reflections on a Course for Pharmacy Students
Kelly R. Arora, Iliff School of Theology
The Mystic Traveler in a Global Spiritual Age
Patricia Zimmerman Beckman, St. Olaf University

About the author: 

Marc A. Pugliese is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religion at Saint Leo University.; Alexander Y. Hwang is an Adjunct Faculty member at Xavier University.

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