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Madrasah’s Contribution in Religious Harmony: Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy Approach

August 28, 2021 at 8:30 am - 11:00 am EDT


Finding solutions to global challenges demands different perspectives, as well as partnerships among individuals and institutions who do not necessarily share the same values. At the national level, Indonesia’s independence in 1945 was accomplished due to the competencies of the nation’s founders from different religions and beliefs to collaborate for a common goal without sacrificing their individual faiths or trying to dominate the others.

Those critical competencies for peaceful co-existence and collaboration in a plural society are being eroded by the growing intolerance and extremism. Cross-cultural religious literacy is a novel approach of identifying these essential competencies, so that we can develop them in ourselves to engage in a multi-faith collaboration without losing our own religious identities. One of the basics of cross-cultural religious literacy is how we view and engage the religious others.

How can we develop our mindset that even though we live in multireligious society, we can work together for humanity without feeling that our religion is under threat? What is the contribution of Madrasah in promoting the religious harmony? How can we develop Madrasah as an Islamic education center that enhances such mindset, attitude, and behavior toward religious harmony? We will discuss the cross-cultural religious literacy concept and these questions, and explore them from Islamic perspective added with some international experiences.

The webinar seeks: (1) to inspire the audience, especially madrasah principals and teachers, of the unique role of madrasahs in strengthening peaceful multi faith co-existence, and (2) to raise their interest on the need for competencies and skills to build relations and collaborations with people of other religions to achieve (1).

Translations available in English and Indonesian.

Keynote Speech:
Prof. Dr. Syafiq A. Mughni
Deputy Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Central Board

Dr. H. Amirsyah Tambunan, M.A.
Secretary General of Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI)

Dr. Chris Seiple
Senior Fellow, University of Washington

Samah Norquist
Former Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom, USAID

Aly Aulia, Lc. M.Hum.
Director of Mu’allimin Muhammadiyah Madrasah Yogyakarta

Prof. Dr. Amin Abdullah
Professor of Philosophy, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University

Hosted by Maarif Institute and The Leimena Institute.
Supported by Council of Primary and Secondary Education—Muhammadiyah Central Board, Pesantren Development Institute—Muhammadiyah Central Board, RBC Institute of A. Malik Fadjar, Templeton Religion Trust.


August 28, 2021
8:30 am - 11:00 am EDT




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