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CODE 98793
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/03
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course aims to provide an understanding of the theories and practices involved in interreligious dialogue between East and West. By examining the philosophical foundations of such dialogue and adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it will highlight the complexity of religious diversity and the role of interreligious dialogue in addressing crucial contemporary challenges, such as religious violence, religious pluralism, and the pursuit of peace.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will learn to set a philosophical discourse as a possible meeting point for an interfaith dialog that overcomes apologetic and polemic positions; starting from common questions, which are fundamental to human existence, several answers - from several traditions - will be compared. Seminars will enable students to analyze a few classics of this field, and to compare them to contemporary positions and debates.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching objectives are:

  • Develop a proper understanding of the principles and philosophical theories underlying interreligious dialogue.
  • Explore the complexities of religious diversity and its implications in ancient and contemporary societies.
  • Identify and analyze the historical and contemporary factors contributing to religious conflicts and tensions.
  • Foster a critical and philosophical awareness of contemporary religious pluralism.

Upon completion of the teaching, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the principles and philosophical theories of interreligious dialogue.
  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities presented by religious diversity in local and global contexts.
  • Evaluate the role of religion in shaping social, political, and cultural dynamics within different societies.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to examine and interpret diverse religious perspectives and their contributions to interreligious dialogue.

TEACHING METHODS

The teaching will alternate between lectures delivered by the professors and interventions by external experts and faculty members within the framework of the Citizenship Education Course "Religioni nello spazio pubblico" (link: https://corsi.unige.it/off.f/2022/ins/73315).

Lessons will be held in presence. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Perspectivism in religions between East and West

The course aims to explore a journey between the East and the West, tracing a theory and highlighting historical experiences of interreligious dialogue. 

The lessons in the first part of the course aim to analyze, on speculative grounds, the conditions for a dialogue between religions in our time, outlining the framework for a theory of interreligious dialogue within a pluralistic perspective. Additionally, as a historical model of interreligious dialogue, the story of the three rings will be presented, tracing its history from Boccaccio to Lessing. The second part will recount an emblematic figure of interreligious dialogue in India: Prince Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan. A profound scholar of both Islamic and Hindu traditions, Dara Shikoh sought to unite these two religious universes and to demonstrate how both spiritual traditions converge in a common truth. Although his efforts contributed to his tragic end, his legacy continues to be a source of inspiration.

The teaching includes the "Citizenship Training Course: “Religioni nello spazio pubblico" (link here). Participation in the activity grants a specific open badge.

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

Part I: Theory and historical figures of interreligious dialogue (prof. R. Celada Ballanti)

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

Part I: Theory and historical figures of interreligious dialogue (prof. R. Celada Ballanti)

Part II: Prince Dara Shikoh and the conjunction of the two oceans  (prof. E. Colagrossi) 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

R. Celada Ballanti, Filosofia del dialogo interreligioso, Morcelliana, Brescia 2022.

R, Celada Ballanti, La parabola dei tre anelli. Migrazioni e metamorfosi di un racconto tra Oriente e Occidente, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Roma 2017 (3 ristampa 2021).

Bibliography for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

R. Celada Ballanti, Filosofia del dialogo interreligioso, Morcelliana, Brescia 2022.

R, Celada Ballanti, La parabola dei tre anelli. Migrazioni e metamorfosi di un racconto tra Oriente e Occidente, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Roma 2017 (3 ristampa 2021).

Dara Šikoh, La congiunzione dei due oceani, Adelphi 2011.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

September  2024.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam will take the form of an oral assessment, through a dialogue aimed at bringing out the contents covered during the course.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam assesses the understanding of the course material, the student's ability to discuss specific topics, concepts, or case studies, the quality, mastery, and confidence in the presentation, as well as the ability for critical and argumentative thinking.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is reccomended.

 

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with Elisabetta Colagrossi (elisabetta.colagrossi@unige.it), the Department's
disability liaison.

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