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Interculturality in Interfaith Dialogue: Managing the Representation of Faith Until It Is Good Enough

Interculturality in Interfaith Dialogue: Managing the Representation of Faith Until It Is Good Enough
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Author(s): Tuck Leong Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Copyright: 2021
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 18
Source title: International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE)
DOI: 10.4018/IJBIDE.2021010106

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Abstract

The study of interfaith dialogues stands to gain from a discourse analysis approach towards interculturality, given how, as a concept, interculturality emphasises non-essentialist identities and cultures in deep inter-subjective engagement. Such an approach allows researchers to examine interfaith dialogues as activities where the melding and blending of identity and cultural resources are actions directed towards various accomplishments, constrained by the institutional expectations of how dialogues are done. This article proposes using an analytic tool which draws upon 'membership categorisation devices' (from ethnomethodology) as specific 'mental space' conceptual packages (from cognitive linguistics), and takes a more telescopic view of how as conceptual packages, these devices interact in 'mental space conceptual integration' or 'conceptual blends' (from cognitive linguistics). One excerpt of a short conversation between a facilitator of an interfaith seminar and a Muslim Imam (religious teacher) is analysed in-depth.

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