Countering Religious Extremism and Violence: Dialo-Praxis on Interreligious Dialogue, Holy Scripture (mis)Interpretations and Political Implications
Religious extremism and violence is the plague of our time. It has increased in frequency, scale and has become a central issue for Kenya and the region. Some religious groups in the country have adopted radical and divisive doctrines, convictions and ideologies which undermine pluralism and tolerance and fuel terrorism. The phenomenal growth of religious extremism in the country is a threat to peace, cohesion and development.
HIPSIR recognized that countering religious extremism is a collective responsibility that involves many actors from government and non-governmental institutions. Following this realization HIPSIR organised a round table themed "Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Extremism" and a public forum themed "Countering Violent Extremism: Religious Extremism, Holy Scripture (mis)Interpretations and Political Implications" on 4th April, 2017.
The events targeted scholars, subject matter experts, religious leaders and organizations (NGOs, CSOs, FBOs and CBOs) keen in promoting religious pluralism, tolerance and peace in society and members of the public to deliberate on the topical issue. The objectives of the event were to: understand reasons behind violent religious extremism; engage religious leaders on undertones in religious scriptures (Quran and Bible) to unpack misunderstandings and misinterpretations often used to engender violent religious extremism; examine the frustration of inter-religious dialogue efforts in countering violent religious extremism; find the nexus between religious extremism and governance; and come up with solutions to counter religious extremism and violence.
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