Rituals in Interreligious Dialogue: Bridge or Barrier?
Rituals are back on stage today. Until recently, they were regarded as an obsolete and even incomprehensible part of religions, relegated to the background while ethics and spirituality attracted more focus. However, the realisation is growing that rituals represent the treasure of religious memory. They connect the human being to the past and to the community that surrounds her or him. However, what happens to rituals when different religions meet? This book shows that a great deal can be learned by taking rituals seriously. This holds good for the rich treasure of rituals within religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. Only by recognizing these treasures can new possibilities for rituals in interreligious encounters be explored.
Professor Marcel Poorthuis teaches interreligious dialogue at the Tilburg School of Theology, the Netherlands. His dissertation dealt with the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. He has published work on Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Dutch perceptions of Islam. He is the author of a dozen books, including Van harem tot fitna (2011), and some 200 articles. He is co-editor of the international series Jewish and Christian Perspectives, and Chairman of the foundation Pardes. His recent publications deal with the Jewish and Christian sources of Islam.
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