RELDIAL is a research community (RC) which employs an inter-disciplinary approach for analyzing the complex multi-cultural role of religion in political, cultural, ethnic, and other conflicts, locally and globally. The RC concentrates on finding out new possibilities for a productive dialogue between religions.
In the RC, there is a strong concentration on the role of religion in global ethical issues common to all religions; on the contextualization and inculturation of the religions; on solving conflicts between Christians and Muslims; on the encounter between Christianity and the Chinese and Indian religions; on cultural and social conflicts and joint actions among religions of Africa; and on interfaith dialogue between Christianity and Western secularism and neo-atheism.
During the period (2005-2010), the researchers of the RELDIAL RC have published 30 monographic studies and innumerable referee articles related with the variety of issues and problems of religious conflicts and inter-religious dialogue. All these have been published by the leading international publishers in their scientific series. The participants of the RC are members of several international scientific societies.
The members of the RC have led scientific research projects and organized international conferences related with the issues of multi-cultural interreligious dialogue. Two of the members are appointed visiting professors in Chinese universities, some other members teach regularly in foreign universities. Altogether, the RELDIAL RC has a strong international network. The scope is exceptional in both Nordic and European universities.
During the same period of time, 10 doctoral theses related to the problems of interreligious dialogue have successfully been defended by the members of the RC. The theses have been (or will soon be) published in prominent scientific series in the discipline. Presently, there are 11 doctoral candidates in this RC. The RC has always regarded it of vital importance that the doctoral students have opportunities to participate in and to present papers at international conferences. Many of the students spend longer study periods at foreign universities.
Responsible person: Miikka Ruokanen, Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology
Participation category: 4