An Analysis of Interreligious Practice: Context, Conditions, Strategies and Consequences on the Basis of Biographical Narratives Gathered at a Centre for Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Germany

  • Mirjam Eva Stricker Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Keywords: cultural psychology, interreligious dialogue, interreligious encounters, Christian-Muslim dialogue, religion and conflict, interreligious learning, religious studies, relational hermeneutics, grounded theory methodology, single case studies

Abstract

Interreligious dialogue in general, and dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Germany in particular, can contribute significantly to peaceful coexistence. At the same time, interreligious dialogue is potentially prone to interreligious conflict, a fact that can in part be explained by the inherent nature of religion. Potential interreligious conflict has become socially highly relevant—and so has the question of how to deal with it and how to prevent it in specific encounters between members of different religions. As a consequence, these issues are of particular interest to researchers. The objective of this qualitative study is to gain insight into and to analyze the everyday practice of interreligious dialogue. The research question, which was deliberately kept broad at the outset, aims at identifying the characteristics of interreligious communication on a personal level. This includes the questions how participants experience interreligious encounters, how they behave and act, and what personal beliefs influence their actions. The procedure of analysis and interpretation was derived from relational hermeneutics. In addition, the coding paradigm and the coding principles of grounded theory methodology were used for the analysis. The results can be seen as an attempt to illustrate the main characteristics of interreligious encounters. Since all of the discovered categories show references to the field of "learning", the phenomena observed in this study can be characterized as interreligious learning. The findings strongly suggest that the competences needed for interreligious dialogue can be acquired through actually engaging in interreligious encounters.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1601174

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Author Biography

Mirjam Eva Stricker, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Mirjam STRICKER, geb. 1985, Studium des Europalehramts für Grund- und Hauptschulen an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Karlsruhe, danach Studium der Interkulturellen Kommunikation an der Technischen Universität Chemnitz. Von 2012-2015 Projektkoordinatorin für interkulturelle und interreligiöse Projekte sowie im Bereich Öffentliche Wissenschaft am ZAK ǀ Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Seit Dezember 2015 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Bereich Hochschuldidaktik der Personalentwicklung am KIT.

Arbeitsschwerpunkte: interkulturelle und interreligiöse Begegnung, interkulturelle Kommunikation, öffentliche Wissenschaft, Projektmanagement, Hochschuldidaktik, Evaluation an der Hochschule.

Published
2016-01-15
How to Cite
Stricker, M. E. (2016). An Analysis of Interreligious Practice: Context, Conditions, Strategies and Consequences on the Basis of Biographical Narratives Gathered at a Centre for Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Germany. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-17.1.2347
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Single Contributions