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My Neighbour’s God

Interfaith Spaces and Claims of Religious Identity

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Edited By Andreas Kunz-Lübcke

In the latest discussion on the relations between religions, it has often been argued that monotheism necessarily leads to intolerance and exclusivism. A religion which claims to worship «the one and only true God» is inevitably forced to reject every religious behaviour and practices of «the Other». But is this really the case? This volume contains contributions which discuss the major question: What are the instruments and the strategies used in different religious settings where interreligious encounter is part of daily life? Most of the contributions concentrate on the challenges of theology in the context of India. A special focus will be on approaches for interreligious coexistence derived from Biblical or Systematic Theology.

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Displacement, Migration and Hybridity: A Religious Reconstruction

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Abstract: “My Neighbour’s God. Interfaith Spaces and Claims of Religious Identity” is a powerful theme to enter into the present realities of the cities encountering the issue of migration. It is a sensitive issue as the migrants in any situation bring their God/religion along with them while entering into new situation. This paper is an attempt to analyse a number of case studies and see their religions construction for drawing insights to define an appropriate method to understand the issue interfaith spaces between migrants and local people. The main goal of this paper is to explain how and why the religious constructions seem to be significant in defining and redefining religious identities in contemporary contexts, especially in the context of inter-faith spaces created through migrant communities and their conflicts and agonies.

Keywords: migrants and their God/religion, interfaith spaces between migrants and local people

1. State Set: A Context for Discussion

On 1st February 2016, Deccan Herald brought a very shocking news of the missing of 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children in Europe.2 After having taken such a meticulous care and guidance by the national governments in Europe to protect and welcome refugees, this missing of children indeed shocked the humanity. This case study is to express the gravity of the issue today. Viewing the issue from another point of view, let me share another story of migrants. They came to Karnataka in 1971 as war refugees from Bangladesh. They are about 15,...

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