“Curiosity Instead of Fear: Literature as Creative Inter-Religious Dialogue” by Ruth Illman, Åbo Akademi University

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The aim of this article is to present an ongoing research project focusing on art as a holistic, personal and creative arena for inter-religious dialogue and to offer analytical reflections on such a renewed and integrated research agenda. Its findings, from a case study with literature, suggest that creative forms of dialogue can foment a fruitful combination of practical and ethical concerns and theoretical reflections. Empirical examples are given from interviews with two authors engaged in inter-religious dialogue: Jewish novelist Susanne Levin and the Christian playwright and novelist Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.

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One Response to ““Curiosity Instead of Fear: Literature as Creative Inter-Religious Dialogue” by Ruth Illman, Åbo Akademi University”

  1. Editor says:

    This piece is very much in accord with Aristotle’s Dramatics, which suggests that tragedy (and perhaps, by extension other forms of theater and literature) enable the audience to practice empathizing with others. In doing so, they become better people; and in the context of inter-religious dialogue, they likely become more tolerant people, as well.

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