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Using Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) to Strengthen Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion

Moderated Online Course
Free of Charge
Number of Modules
8 Modules
Programme Area
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution,
8 Weeks (2 Months) from the start date
Start Dates
The first Monday of each month
Learning Time
3 hours per week
Application Deadline
Certificate Awarded
Course closing date: 
31 December 2025

While interreligious dialogue benefits from being a scientific field of study, it also enjoys great applied capacity for everyday human life, within all contexts and for all situations. If the importance of interreligious dialogue may have been questioned twenty years ago, nowa-days its necessity has become obvious, and many would argue even urgent.  The practice of using interreligious dialogue (IRD) for building social cohesion, peace and reconciliation is rapidly emerging as a necessary tool for the twenty-first century education tool-box.

In this context, and with regards to the need to fill the existing lack of accredited academic online courses on interreligious dialogue, KAICIID has developed an online course enti-tled, “Using Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) to Strengthen Peace, Reconciliation and Social Cohesion”. The course has been customized to address the evolving needs of religious leaders, policy- and decision makers, KAICIID Fellows, faith based organizations, interna-tional organizations, civil society organizations, and government officials. 

It is the result of a collaboration with renowned universities such as the University of Montreal, the Complutense University of Madrid and the In- stitute for the Sciences of Religions in Barcelona.


Goal: This online course aims to strengthen the capacities of religious leaders, policy- and decision makers, KAICIID Fellows, faith based organizations, international organizations, civil society organizations, and government officials within the field of interreligious dialogue. It includes the basic concepts, methodologies, models and tools needed to use interreligious dialogue for peace and reconciliation.  

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide basic knowledge and skills in interreligious dialogue
  • To outline the historical background of interreligious dialogue from the five major religions of the world (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) and clarify the geopolitical aspects of these religions
  • To present the various elements of interreligious conflicts through real examples and case studies
  • To explain how to use key theories, models and methods in interreligious dialogue as scientific tools in a given conflict situation, and illustrate the diversity and the complexity of the factors that play a part in interreligious dialogue
  • To explain and critically analyze factors which affect or escalate interreligious conflict situations

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of the course. Participants will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate developing skills and knowledge of interreligious dialogue concepts, tools and methodologies
  • Identify initiatives and best practices for addressing Islamophobia Christianophobia and Anti-Semitism at the national and local levels
  • Understand the conceptual landscape of dialogue, as well as the concepts and models of using interreligious dialogue for peace
  • Experience an innovative approach to education on interreligious dialogue as a new scientific field
Content and Structure

Week 1, Module 1: Theories and Methods in Interreligious Dialogue: A Brief Overview

Week 2, Module 2: A Brief History of the Modern Interreligious Dialogue Movement

Week 4, Module 4: Prejudices and Stereotypes: How to Treat Islamophobia, Christianophobia and Anti-Semitism

Week 5, Module 5: Interfaith Dialogue on the Internet: The Religious Phenomenon in Virtual Communities and Social Networks

Week 6, Module 6: Interfaith Peace and Dialogue Models: From Harmony to Liberation

Week 7, Module 7: Interfaith Dialogue: A Venue for Peacebuilding

Week 8, Module 8: Outcomes of Dialogue Processes: Obstacles and Hopes


In order to ensure the best possible outreach, the course will be delivered through an interactive online platform, which allows users to take the course at their own pace. Course objectives are intended to be achieved through a variety of educational methods and technologies, designed to match personal learning styles, as well as by the inclusion of non-linear learning that aims to develop just-in-time learning skills for adults. At the same time, in order to allow participants maximum flexibility of scheduling, the learning will be conducted in an asynchronous manner. 

Using a state-of-the-art training architecture, KAICIID Dialogue Knowledge Hub (DKH) is based on the principles of adult learning and comprises a combination of interactive and gamified course content presentations, online discussion forums, quizzes and exercises to master the use of the proposed tools and approaches, as well as peer-to-peer learning through sharing of best practices, experiences and lessons learned in the local or country context. 

The pedagogy - adapted specifically for full-time working professionals is specifically tailored to help train participants through various experiences: absorb (read); do (activity); interact (socialize); reflect (relate to one’s own reality). 

Targeted Audience

KAICIID Dialogue Knowledge Hub (DKH) is pleased to offer an online course in IRD, specifically designed to address the evolving needs of religious leaders, policy- and decision makers, KAICIID Fellows, international organizations, faith based organizations, civil society organizations, national and local government officials, IRD practitioners and representatives from academic and training institutions to learn the key concepts, methodologies, models and tools for how to use interreligious dialogue to strengthen peace, reconciliation and social cohesion.

Additional Information

Recommended hardware and software requirements for taking our e-learning courses: Platform: Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit), or Windows 7 SP1 or later (32-bit or 64-bit), Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Hardware: 2.0 GHz processor (minimum), 2 GB of memory (minimum), 1 GB of available disk space (minimum), 1,280 x 800 screen resolution (minimum). Software: HTML5 and Flash compatible. Browser: Desktop: Internet Explorer 8-10 (Flash only), Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version), Safari (latest version). Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later. Internet connection: 256kbps and higher. Note: In some instances pop-ups must be enabled.

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