The European Project of Interreligious Learning (EPIL): A 'good practice" in inclusive and interreligious education

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Abstract

The article sets out the results of thorough exploratory descriptive research carried out between October 2015 and March 2018, examining what the European Project of Interreligious Learning (EPIL) is and what it is meant to be. The main objective of the authors is to investigate and discuss whether EPIL Course IV can be considered as ‘good practice in (inter)religious education’ and to what extent the EPIL goals, directed towards inclusive pluralism and social sustainability, been reached. On the social level most respondents say that they are satisfied with the new contacts they have made through EPIL. Most women state that their appreciation for people with different religions and life-views has increased. For example, through the stories of war victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some proposals for improvement were mentioned. For example, to put more focus on the differences, because those are usually what is discussed and noticed in daily life, running into tensions and frustrations that can have a positive effect, such as deepening the insight and the relationship, clearing the air and giving new insights and visions that otherwise would not have been discussed. Also discussed will be some ideas as to transferring the project to other times and places.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)61-81
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • interreligious dialogue
  • interreligious learning
  • inclusion
  • Chritianity
  • Islam

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