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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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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 Christianity. This was the case for a long time in Innsbruck, until the study of Islamic Religious Education was established in the academic year 2013/2014 and the Institute for Islamic Theology and Religious Education was founded in 2017.

Since 2017, there has been close cooperation in research and teaching between the Institute for Islamic Theology and Religious Education and scholars of Catholic Religious Education. This cooperation includes, among other things, courses on religious didactics, internships and the study of interreligious teaching and learning processes in the context of schools and universities.

This research and collaboration needed an appropriate framework for presenting the results, but also for providing a platform for the publication and discussion of those results. Consequently, the German-language series ‘Studies in Interreligious Religious Education/Studien zur Interreligiösen Religionspädagogik’ (published by Kohlhammer) was launched. The book Mensch werden. Grundlagen einer interreligiösen Religionspädagogik und –didaktik aus muslimisch-christlicher Perspektive1 is the first volume in the series. It deals with the basics of interreligious religious pedagogy and religious didactics. Subsequently, more volumes with different emphases have...

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