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Photo: Budi Setiamarga (Moderator), Dr. Alwi Shihab, Dr. Chris Seiple, and Dr. Minhas Majeed Khan

IL News 005/2021
Webinar on Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy
Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

The Nahdlatul Ulama University of Indonesia (UNUSIA) and the Leimena Institute co-hosted international webinar titled “Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy: A New Approach for A Multi-Faith Collaboration (While Strengthening Your Own Faith)”.

The attending speakers were Dr. Alwi Shihab, Dr. Chris Seiple, and Dr. Minhas Majeed Khan. The opening remarks were given by dr. H. Syahrizal Syarif, MPH, PhD (Vice Rector, UNUSIA) and Matius Ho, MS (Executive Director, Leimena Institute).

Photo: Matius Ho, MS and dr. H. Syahrizal Syarif, MPH, PhD

Dr. Chris Seiple explained the cross-cultural religious literacy concept, emphasizing on three competences (personal, comparative, and collaborative) and three skills (evaluation, negotiation, communication). Dr. Minhas Majeed Khan discuss the religious literacy concept from Pakistan experience perspective. She elaborated why this concept was needed, and how to implement it and the challenges. Dr. Alwi Shihab discuss the concept from Islam perspective and the example of relationship among the Abrahamic religions and its relevance in Indonesia religious society.

The webinar lasted 2 hours, attended enthusiastically by more than 1000 participants from almost 200 cities in 14 countries, including Indonesia.

Note: English subtitles are available when the person speaks in Indonesian. If it is not automatically on, you need to choose English on the Subtitles/CC.

The followings are participants’ feedbacks:

Wonderful! Much appreciated! We would like more like it. Thanks.
(Abdulla Galadari, Assistant Professor, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

The Webinar is excellent to enhance our religious insight in a world seeking for peaceful co-existence while keeping our own faiths, and without vilifying each other.” (Ana Muhamad Isro’i, Principal of MI Hasyim Asy’ari Kebonduren, Blitar)

Very good to enhance our plural understanding, looking at Indonesia phenomenon.”
(Anthon Ngarbingan, Lecturer at University of Halmahera, Tobelo)

Very well done. Having a diversity of speakers from different parts of the world works well.
(F. Volker Greifenhagen, Professor of Religious Studies, Luther College, University of Regina, Canada)

It is very important to be researched further, in terms of politic, cultural, religion and sociology.
(Habib Shulton Asnawi, Lecturer at Institut Agama Islam Ma’arif NU, Metro Lampung)

This webinar is very attractive, providing insights on how to appreciate diversity without blaming or underestimating others.
(Iman Subekti, Lecturer at Petra Christian University, Surabaya)

Enlightening webinar and giving away new perspective in Study of Religions and Cultures.
(Muh. Abdi Goncing, Lecturer at UIN Alauddin Makassar)