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Becoming Human Becoming Human Fundamentals of Interreligious Education and Didactics from a Muslim-Christian Perspective Zekirija Sejdini, Martina Kraml and Matthias Scharer

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Becoming Human

Fundamentals of Interreligious Education and Didactics from a Muslim-Christian Perspective

Edited by Zekirija Sejdini, Martina Kraml and Matthias Scharer

Religious and cultural diversity are increasingly visible today. At the same time, increased fear of the «other» has manifested, particularly of the Islamic religion. Islam today is considered a «problematic» religion. This attitude yields many challenges in universities and schools, particularly when it comes to religious education. The Institute for Islamic Theology and Religious Education and the Catholic Religious Education Department at the University of Innsbruck are addressing these challenges, having spearheaded a program of intensive cooperation in teacher education – including courses on pedagogy, religious didactics, internships, and evidence-based learning processes in schools and universities.

This research and teaching collaboration lacked an appropriate framework. This book provides a solid basis for interreligious pedagogy and didactics. Authentic interreligious cooperation begins by promoting intra- and inter-religious self-confidence and self-understanding. This required countless discussions among the authors, which yielded distinct viewpoints as well as commonalities. In this way the anthropological starting point for this book emerged and is expanded through a theological perspective on religious education and didactics. Various approaches and attitudes are developed and examined, including contingency sensibility, to support the competent planning, management, and evaluation of educational processes in pluralistic and heterogeneous fields.

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Becoming Human About the Author Zekirija Sejdini , Professor of Religious Education and Contemporary Islam, Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna, Head of the Center of Interreligious Studies, Innsbruck. Martina Kraml , Professor of Religious Education, University of Innsbruck, Head of the Center of Interreligious Studies, Innsbruck. Matthias Scharer , Professor Emeritus of Religious Education, University of Innsbruck, certificated trainer at the Ruth Cohn Institute International for TCI.

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Becoming Human Contents Foreword by the Publishers of the Series Introduction chapter 1 Contexts We Move In chapter 2 Anthropology – Theology – Education: Our Agreed-upon Foundations chapter 3 Religious Pedagogy and Religious Didactics: How Do We Approach Them? chapter 4 Possibility-Sensitive Religious Pedagogy and Religious Didactics chapter 5 Possibility-Suitable Conceptualizations of Interreligious Educational Processes Epilogue Bibliography

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Becoming Human This eBook can be cited This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

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Becoming Human Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National- bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de .   A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.   Library of Congress Control Number: 2020910606   Cover design: Peter Lang.   ISBN 978-1-78874-720-2 (print) • ISBN 978-1-78874-721-9 (ePDF) ISBN 978-1-78874-722-6 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78874-723-3 (mobi

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Becoming Human About the book Religious and cultural diversity are increasingly visible today. At the same time, increased fear of the “other” has manifested, particularly of the Islamic religion. Islam today is considered a “problematic” religion. This attitude yields many challenges in universities and schools, particularly when it comes to religious education. The Institute for Islamic Theology and Religious Education and the Catholic Religious Education Department at the University of Innsbruck are addressing these challenges, having spearheaded a program

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Becoming Human ←148 |  149→ Epilogue The themes covered in this book relate to a spiritual depth that is beyond the reach of knowledge and competence. Without this spiritual depth, interreligious religious pedagogy and religious didactics seem superficial. Therefore, we have decided to end the book with a conversation with a shaman who, we believe, expresses our concern very well: Question: Why should one take a spiritual path if one ends up with the knowledge that one knows nothing? Shaman: There is a beauty in this kind of ignorance. It is a conscious

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Becoming Human ←vi |  vii→ Foreword by the Publishers of the Series Religious and cultural diversity is increasingly visible. This is resulting in important challenges that affect – in addition to politics, society and cultures – religions in particular. In the field of university education, particularly academic religious education, an adequate treatment of these challenges has so far only been possible to a limited extent, since, in the university landscape, research and teaching in the theological departments has often been concerned only with