The volume is concerned with the role of religion in the present day world. It contains in the present presented at the global congress on world’s Religious after September 11, held in September 2006 in Montreal Canada. These papers stress the need for interfaith dialogue to develop understanding between faiths and challenge stereotypes that have emerged concerning various religions. The papers refer to Islamic Christian Mennonite, Baha 1, Sikh and examine specific topics pertaining to the different religious faiths and traditions. The examine the life of Guru Arjan Dev and his message and its significance today conserving the environment of the Himalayas and the indigenous Australian Christian women’s perception a glimpse into the life, work and experiences of the spiritual women of Ramanasrama at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and Ramana’s views on a women’s right to spirituality asceticism and salvation. It showcases the contribution of the inter-religious Council of Central New York towards brining people of different faiths cultures together in mutual respect and trust. The volume also includes the text of a proposed universal Declaration of Human Rights by the world’s Religions.
Arvind Sharma formerly of the I.A.S, is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Indology and comparative religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religious.
The events of September 11, 2001 are etched in the collective consciousness of our generation and ineffaceable from modern memory. They also brought to the fore the issue of the role of religion in the present day world. A global congress on World’s religious After September 11 was held in Montreal from 11-15 September 2006 to explore this issue further and to examine whether religious could also be a force for good, notwithstanding he current opprobrium which attached to it. A total of 225 speakers participated in over 8 workshops, 18 plenary sessions, 47 panels and 236 individual presentations over the five days of this congress, which attracted 2025 participants from 84 countries.
I hope the readers will welcome the sampling of material presented at this congress, now offered through the medium of this volume. It also includes the text of the universal Declaration of human rights, which was released at this congress for discussion in the academic and faith communities.
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