Academic Programs 

Dialogue in a World of Difference (MA-530)
  Fall 2005

A required course for all students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program. Students and faculty in a collegial setting will explore in depth the principles and the practice of dialogue in a pluralistic world through dialogical listening and cross-cultural conversations in a context of diversity. Goals of the course include the development of listening and communication skills in multi-cultural contexts; fostering an understanding of one another through information sharing and community building action; and learning how to discuss potentially divisive issues constructively and without animosity. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. 


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., beginning September 12 (10 weeks)
David A. Roozen
Professor of Religion Society

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9546


Jane I. Smith
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9500


This syllabus is not yet available.  The following are the required textbooks:

Class textbook:  


Students will be encouraged to buy for reference, Ian Markham (ed.) A World Religions Readers 2nd edition.

Review Reading List (Pick one book from the list below for review)

Students will be required to review one of these books (5 pages)  

Ariarajah, S. Wesley.  The Bible and People of Other Faiths.  Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1985

Forward, Martin.  Inter-Religious Dialogue.  A Short Introduction.  Oxford: Oneworld 2001.

Gandhi, Mohandas.  Essential Writings.  Selected with an Introduction by John Dear.  Maryknoll: Orbis books 2002

Mitri, Tarek (ed.) Religion, Law and Society:  A Christian-Muslim Discussion.  Geneva:  WCC Publications, 1995

Sherwin, Byron and Kasimow, Harold, John Paul II and Interreligious dialogue.  Orbis 1999

Wheatly, Margaret J. Turning to One Another. Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future. San Francisco: Berrett-Loehler Publishers, 2002


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