Religion is nowadays often portrayed as the cause of tension and conflict. However, religion can also be seen as an adequate way to deal with polarization and disagreements. As part of the monthly debate series on ‘Understanding the Other’, this session will explore the role of religion as dialogue. What type of experiences are we referring to? Under which conditions can religion serve as a tool for dialogue? Three introductory speakers will highlight their experiences with religion as dialogue from various backgrounds and contexts. The objective is to trigger an interactive discussion, opening up avenues for dialogue and understanding.
Joining the debate are:
Willem Jansen is presently programme coordinator of the Dutch foundation Initiatives of Change. In several countries in the Middle East, in Pakistan and Kenya he studied intercultural and interreligious relations in theory and practice. From 2009-2015 he was a lecturer at St. Paul’s Unversity in Nairobi (Kenya) for a Master programme in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (ICMR).
Mahardhika Sadjad is an ISS alumni. Her award-winning Research Paper titled ‘An Autoethnographic Study on Dutch Society’, weaves together narratives of whiteness, neighbourhoods, and the complexity of religious identities through the perspectives of young allochtoon Dutch Muslims. Sadjad approaches research with a need to ‘know others by knowing herself and who has come to know herself by knowing others’.
Ilyaas Sherally is half Dutch, half Tanzanian and currently studying at the International Honours College of Leiden University in the Hague. He is majoring in World Politics with a minor in Gender Studies & Languages. He is chairman of student organization MashriQ.
Date: 15 March 2016
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (door open at 15:30)
Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
Admission: €7.50 (includes a drink) – free for students and SID members