Preaching to the Converted? Interfaith Dialogue vs. Interfaith Realities

  • Sarah L. Markiewicz
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges book series (PSLRSC)


Interfaith and intrafaith dialogue are increasingly being presented as viable options for addressing some of the tensions that emerge from the encounter of different faiths, having the potential to promote cohesive societies and bring people together. In this paper I want to present some reflections of my experiences with discourse at different levels of society in the Middle East, primarily in Jordan. My research has led to concerns about the potential effectiveness of top-down dialogue initiatives, specifically whether they are reaching their target audiences, or rather “preaching to the converted”. This paper will reflect on these issues and offer some suggestions for improving interfaith outreach.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah L. Markiewicz
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  1. 1.Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural TheologyHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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