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Misconceptions of the religious ‘other’: the importance for human rights of objective and balanced knowledge

Barker, Eileen (2010) Misconceptions of the religious ‘other’: the importance for human rights of objective and balanced knowledge. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 1 (1). ISSN 2041-9511

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Abstract

In a world in which we are faced with an ever-increasing religious diversity, the underlying assumption of this paper is that logical thought combined with accurate and reliable knowledge can make a significant contribution to the reduction of conflicts that arise through fallacious arguments and through both ignorance and misinformation of the beliefs and practices of religions other than one’s own. The paper summarizes some of the challenges of religious pluralism, demonstrating how tensions can arise and be exacerbated through the construction of negative images of ‘the other’, and outlines some of the common misconceptions that have led to conflicts and the abuse of the human rights of members of minority religions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/IJSN...
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Research centres and groups > INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 12:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/50875/

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