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Interreligious dialogue in the views of Turkish historians of religions

Resul Çatalbaş, Kenan Çetinkaya
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2896 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2896 | © 2015 Resul Çatalbaş, Kenan Çetinkaya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 January 2015 | Published: 16 July 2015

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Resul Çatalbaş, Faculty of Theology, Bozok University, Turkey
Kenan Çetinkaya, Faculty of Theology, Bozok University, Turkey


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Abstract

In our global world the term ‘interreligious dialogue’ has become a powerful fact that promises mutual understanding and learning among the adherents of religions. The issue is becoming a popular subject among the religious circles and theological discussions and studies. One of the significant portions of scholars who discuss it presents opinions and offers suggestions for the historians of religions. The Turkish historians of religions provide significant material in terms of the place of interreligious dialogue within the Turkish context. Their perceptions of the concept will also give a clear picture about its implications within the Muslim world. Therefore, the article analyses and criticises the opinions of historians of religions about the concept of dialogue and its propositions in a critical manner. It also focuses their reactions to dialogue and provides suggestions for a healthy dialogue.

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interreligious dialogue; History of Religions; Turkey; Christian-Muslim dialogue

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