The term “Interreligious Studies” is a relatively new one within academia, but one that is becoming frequently employed. Its basic meaning refers to studies involving two or more religious traditions or groups; however, it can bear a number of different connotations within this broad area. For instance, it is often seen linked to the term “Intercultural Theology,” a term that usually refers to recent development within ecumenics and mission studies where emphasis moves from mission as conversion toward developing an inculturated theology and dialogue with the religious other. In this context, although stressing the Religious Studies context rather than the theological, it may carry a theological tone where study between religions for mutual enrichment is key. However, this is not its only usage, and it may refer to the study of different religions in meeting, encounter, and activism. Here, a more “secular” than theological concern may be involved based in, for instance, a...
My thanks go to Dr. Anna Halafoff, Deakin University, Australia, and Dr. David Cheetham, Birmingham University, UK, for comments on an earlier draft that has helped shaped this entry.
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