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Introduction: Religious Sources for Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

James L. Heft

in Beyond Violence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223336
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223336.003.0001

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

Introduction: Religious Sources for Social Transformation in             Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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This chapter describes the planning, organization, and key events during the “Beyond Violence” international conference held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from May 5–7, 2003. The conference brought together both scholars and religious activists. All the religious activists, nine in number, were asked to describe in several concurrent breakout sessions their work and how their religious tradition motivated them in that work. Their explanations and testimonies added an intensity and realism to the conference that academic exchanges typically lack. Moreover, the frequent exchanges between activists and the scholars helped keep the academics more grounded in reality and the activists more reflective about their work.

Keywords: interreligious dialogue; conference; Beyond Violence; religious activists

Chapter.  5038 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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