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On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension

by Anindita N Balslev SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Swamiji attended the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893 as a true representative of his country and religion and hellip;Through his speeches at Chicago, and his subsequent work in America and England,  showed the universal relevance and significance of India and rsquo;s ancient philosophy and spiritual culture in solving many of the problems associated with modern living and rsquo;. and mdash;The President of India, Shri Pranab MukherjeeBased on the ideas propagated by Swami Vivekananda, this book presents a brief survey of various approaches to religion and offers different perspectives of religious diversity. Scholars and philosophers of many religious traditions examine the social and cultural issues that lie at the interstices of this religious diversity.The volume throws light on several mega trends and mdash;knowledge revolution, a new kind of humanism stressing on the rights of underprivileged people, equality of gender, and protection against all forms of exploitation, injustice along with the awareness towards environmental concerns, as well as spiritual revolution and mdash;all characteristics of a new age. The contributors to this volume have devoted themselves to studying specific facets of this vast and intricate theme over many years of their respective professional careers. The interview with HH Dalai Lama, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Karan Singh and Reverend Mpho Tutu forms the key feature of this book.The volume will appeal to those interested in Philosophy, Religion, History, Culture and Asian Studies.

Inaugural Address - Shri Pranab Mukhherjee, President of India
Foreword - Karan Singh
Introduction - Anindita N Balslev
Thoughts that Transform the Religious Mindscape: A Tribute to Swami Vivekananda - Anindita N Balslev
Diversity as the Nature of Reality: A Jain-informed Approach to the Variety of Worldviews - Jeffery D Long
Sikhism: Transcendental and Interfaith Message - Mohinder Singh
Ramakrishna Movement's Approach to Religious Diversity - Swami Bhajanananda
Globalization, Judaism and Its Diversity - Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar
Sacred Spaces: Interdependence, Not Dissension - Shernaz Cama
Diversity of Religious Traditions—A Perspective from Baha'i Faith - A K Merchant
Vedanta in the Nuclear Age - Karan Singh
Studying and Creating Peace - Steve Killelea
The Emotional Psychology of Religious Diversity - John A Teske
Hybridity in Meaning-making Practices: Planetary Values for a Multiperspectival Context - Whitney A Bauman
Weak Faith: How to Manage Religious Diversity without Dissent - Santiago Zabala
Democracy, Pluralism and Conservative Religion - Zainal Abidin Bagir
An Intellectual Catastrophe of the First Order - Mushirul Hasan
Conflict and Violence in the Name of Religion - Steven I Wilkinson
Interfaith Relations in the Sociocultural Context of Kerala - Annakutty V Kurian-Findeis
Swami Vivekananda and Indian Secularism - Makarand Paranjape
Anindita N Balslev in conversation His Holiness Dalai Lama, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Dr Karan Singh and Reverend Mpho Tutu: The Four Clusters of Questions
About Cross Cultural Conversation
About Indian Council for Cultural Relations

… Swamiji attended the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893 as a true representative of his country and religion…Through his speeches at Chicago, and his subsequent work in America and England, [he] showed the universal relevance and significance of India’s ancient philosophy and spiritual culture in solving many of the problems associated with modern living. 
Anindita N Balslev is a philosopher based in India and Denmark. Her educational and professional experience in India, France, USA and Denmark has inspired her to create a forum for aCross-cultural Conversationa (CCC). The international CCC conferences that she organizes have lead to thought-provoking discussions and publications. aOn India: Self-image and Counter-imagea was the theme of the conference that she organized in 2010 with the support of IGNCA and ICCR, New Delhi.She has served on the boards of several important international organizations/societies and is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.She has published many essays in professional journals in the areas of philosophy, religion and culture. She is the author of several books. To mention a few: A Study of Time in Indian Philosophy (Delhi, 3rd edition, 2009), Cultural Otherness: Correspondence with Richard Rorty (USA, 2nd edition, 2000), Indian Conceptual World (2012), The Enigma of I-consciousness (Delhi, 2013). She is also the editor of the volume entitled Cross-cultural Conversation (cultural criticism series, AAR, USA, 1996) and the co-editor of the volumes entitled Religion and Time (The Netherlands, 1993) and of Compassion in the Worldas Religions (Berlin, 2010).