Multifaith Spaces: History, Development, Design and Practice (Paperback)Terry Biddington (author)
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Multifaith spaces reflect the diversity of the modern world and enable a connection between individuals from different religious backgrounds. These spaces also highlight the complex and sensitive areas of political and social debates regarding the emergence of densely urbanised populations. They hold the potential to encourage connection and dialogue between members of different communities, promoting empathy, community and shared activity for the betterment of society.
This book explores the history, development, design and practicalities of multifaith spaces from the early shared religious buildings that had to cater for two or more faiths, to the shared multifaith spaces of modern secular locations such as universities, airports and hospitals. Terry Biddington looks at the architectural, theological, social, legal and practical complexities that arise from the development and use of such spaces. The book also draws together research to enable further development of multifaith spaces.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 228 x 150 x 16 mm
Terry Biddginton's superb examination of multifaith spaces will make a big contribution to inter-religious understanding. It offers an encyclopaedia of examples of the many ways in which people have wrestled with the dilemmas of creating multifaith spaces. Equally it provides a clear-sighted analysis of the underlying challenges and tensions which must be negotiated to enable the cohabitation of different faiths. It's a book whose relevance and usefulness will surely increase in the future. -- Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, University of Winchester
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