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Basics of Interreligious Dialogue (IRD)

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Moderated Online Course
Free of Charge
Number of Modules
12 Modules
Programme Area
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution
12 Weeks (3 Months) from the start date
Start Dates
First Monday of Each Month
Learning Time
6 hours per week
Application Deadline
Certificate Awarded
English, French
Course closing date: 
12 Jan, 2020

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, nowadays 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 this Online Course on the Basics of Interreligious Dialogue.

  • To provide basic knowledge and skills on IRD and historical information on interreligious dialogue in the five major religions of the world (Judaism, Christianity,  Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) and clarify the geopolitical aspects of the concerned 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 and elements that play a part in interreligious dialogue
  • To explain and analyze the roles and interactions of different elements in a given interreligious conflict situation, and analyzing them with a critical mind

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the IRD concepts, tools and methodologies
  • Identify initiatives and best practices on how to treat Islamophobia, Christianophobia and Anti-Semitism in their countries and local communities
  • Enhance their knowledge on Conceptual Landscape of Dialogue
  • Understand the concepts and models of using IRD for Peacebuilding
  • Encouraging civic responsibility through assignments stimulating diverse encounters not always happening in regular daily life
  • Setting new standards on the education on interreligious dialogue as a new scientific field
Content and Structure

The online course outline is comprised of following 12 modules that will be covered as moderated course over 12 weeks period, including interractive lessons, forum activities, collaborative works, papers and readings.

Module 1: Theories and Methods in Interreligious Dialogue: A Brief Overview
(Dr. Patrice Brodeur / University of Montreal)

Module 2: A Brief History of the Modern Interreligious Dialogue Movement
(Dr. Patrice Brodeur / University of Montreal)

Module 3: Dialogue Theories and Ethics: Exploring the Conceptual Landscape of Dialogue
(Dr. Scherto Gill / University of Sussex)

Module 4: Global Ethics and Religions: Towards an Interfaith Perspective
(Prof. Xavier Marin and Dr. Joan Hernandez-Serret / ISCREB)

Module 5: Understanding Public Policy on Religious Diversity: The Case of the Muslim Veil in Europe
(Dr. Fernando Amerigo / Complutense University of Madrid)

Module 6: Prejudices and Stereotypes: How to Treat Islamophobia, Christianophobia and Anti-Semitism
(Prof. Xavier Marin and Dr. Joan Hernandez-Serret / ISCREB)

Module 7: Interfaith Dialogue on the Internet: The Religious Phenomenon in Virtual Communities and Social Networks
(Prof. Javier Bustamante / Complutense University of Madrid)

Module 8: Conceptual Aspects of Religious Phenomena: The Case of Islam
(Dr. Shahram Nahidi / University of Montreal)

Module 9: Muslim Perception of Interreligious Phenomena: One Sacred Text, Different Understanding
(Dr. Shahram Nahidi / University of Montreal)

Module 10: Interfaith Peace and Dialogue Models: From Harmony to Liberation
(Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer / American University, Washington DC)

Module 11: Interfaith Dialogue: A Venue for Peacebuilding
(Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer / American University, Washington DC)

Module 12: Outcomes of Dialogue Process: Obstacles and Hopes
(Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer / American University, Washington DC)


In order to ensure the best possible outreach, the course will be delivered through e-learning. Through a multiple-instructional setting, the goal is to achieve the learning objectives by means of learning technologies that match personal learning styles and by the inclusion of non-linear learning that aims at the development of just-in-time skills of adult learners. 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) will combine self-learning with tests, assessments and online discussions. The course is based on principles of adult learning and comprise a combination of interactive and gamified course content presentations, online discussion forums, quizzes and exercises to master the use of proposed tools and approaches as well as peer-to-peer learning through sharing of good practices, experiences and lessons learned in the local or country context.

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

For each module, you need to:
a) Study the module’s filmed introduction and presentations/lectures
b) Read the mandatory readings of the module (around 25 pages per module)
c) Participate in the module’s forum, and submit the required work
d) Check the required web sites, and watch the required video-clips
e) Try the auto-test as a self-assessment non-evaluated tool

Targeted Audience

The diversity of academic approaches presented by the professors involved in this course, and the richness of pedagogical tools used within the course make KOCID an ideal interdisciplinary educational experience suitable for students coming from various fields of study, with different academic and personal needs. It targets anyone with a high school diploma (or the equivalent in places where such educational systems do not exist), having both sufficient working knowledge of English and basic digital literacy.

Additional Information

If you are a post-secondary student and you wish to participate in an accredited version of the course, you must contact the registration office at your university, and ask them to send us a request to that end.

Other Courses

Series of Short Online Courses on key IRD areas
KAICIID Internal Obligatory Online Course for Programme Managers and Implementing Partners