Fellows Project: Training Workshops in Surabaya and Tulungagung
To KAICIID Fellow Yusuf Daud, interreligious and intercultural dialogue is intrinsically connected to education and peace, and he believes that there is no world peace if there is no peace among religions. He believes that interreligious dialogue is important to reveal the narrow mindsets that hinder relationships. These mindsets can easily trigger misunderstandings. Misunderstanding
can lead to prejudice, which is counterproductive to the interreligious relationship itself.
While the desire to safeguard religious harmony exists in many parts of Indonesia, Yusuf concentrated his project’s resources on the city of Surabaya, as well as in Tulungagung, where the training was hosted by Faculty of Ushuluddin, Letters, and Dakwah State Institute for Islamic Studies. The workshops focused on empowering these communities to work together towards promoting pluralism in every aspect of daily life and building peace through interreligious and intercultural dialogue.