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Mediation and interreligious discourse: prospects and challenges in resolving interreligious skirmishes in Malaysia

Ibrahim, Haslina and Maidin, Ainul Jaria (2020) Mediation and interreligious discourse: prospects and challenges in resolving interreligious skirmishes in Malaysia. Intellectual Discourse, 28 (1). pp. 35-60. ISSN 0128-4878 E-ISSN 2289-5639

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Abstract

This article aims to promote mediation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism to deal with interreligious skirmishes taking place in Malaysia. This is in view of the increasing statistics of interreligious disputes reported in the media. The reason for recommending interreligious mediation is due to its constructive nature in peacebuilding initiatives and its successful stories across the globe. The article discusses the potential actors of religious mediators and their requirements as well as the processes and conditions for a successful mediation. The article also highlights the need for certified training to make a credible mediator. Using mainly textual research, the article managed to gather and analyse the meaning and concept, historical background and the structure of mediation. Since mediation is new in Malaysia, the article found that the government’s role is crucial in its institutionalization; hence the article proposes that the Ministry of National Unity leads the initiative.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2251/81580
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mediation, Interreligious, Peacebuilding, Religious Coexistence, Religious disputes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: Dr Haslina Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 12:34
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 12:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/81580

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