Muslim Intra-Faith Dialog Workshop


North America is a place where diverse populations of Muslims reside. From the major sectarian differences between Sunni and Shia populations to a variety of interpretations and group identities within the same sect, North America displays an even greater diversity of Muslim populations than any other Muslim country in the world. Therefore, for those who plan to serve the Muslim populations in North America, it is imperative to be acquainted with the knowledge of such diversity.

In order to provide knowledge and empower students with necessary skills to serve such diverse Muslim communities, Respect Graduate School is launching a pilot online workshop on the subject of intra-faith dialog among Muslims. This pilot workshop is primarily designed as a response to the request of Turkish-American Sunni communities residing in the US. Therefore, although covering the general tenets of intra-faith dialog, the content of the workshop is mainly tailored towards the needs of the Turkish-American Sunni audience.

This workshop consists of seven video interviews with prominent Muslim community leaders who have comprehensive knowledge and field experience in the subject of intra-faith dialog. The seven videos are also accompanied by a document titled Intra-faith Principles, which reflects the notes of three intra-faith summits that took place among Muslim intra-faith leaders.

In order to complete the workshop successfully, participants are required to take a test on the interviews and submit notes, as well as to prepare an intra-faith field project. The field project may vary from an intra-faith meeting organized by the participant in his/her local town to a field trip made to a local Muslim community. The participants are also required to fill out the Project Report Form when they finish their project. Further ideas regarding the project can be developed during the workshop and discussed with the workshop coordinator, Dr. Ali Yurtsever at [email protected]

Participants will receive a Pass or Fail grade at the end of the workshop.

Participants may anticipate the following learning outcomes from the workshop:

  • Understand the elements of their community in terms of demographics and sociological realities.
  • Articulate the differences between underlying historical and the contextual conditions they emerged within.
  • A solid understanding of religious foundations pertaining to the necessity of intrafaith dialogue and the unique religious jurisprudence cases that may be faced during intrafaith dialogue initiatives.
  • Create a plan to be incorporated in a local community that will facilitate intrafaith dialogue opportunities.

Registration

Fee: $ 75

Please fill the online registration form below to register.