Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Interfaith dialogue in America: A case study in Mormon-Muslim relations
by Sage, Rachel L., M.A.L.S., Georgetown University, 2010, 116; 1490488
Abstract (Summary)

The dynamic relationship between Mormons and Muslims serves as a unique example of how two religious minorities in America have come together to build bridges of understanding. While this may seem an unlikely pairing for inter-religious dialogue, Mormons and Muslims share many common bonds that help mend religious division and promote community awareness. Similarities such as the moral and ethical codes of the two religions as well as a lack of understanding among many Americans of their religious practices can help to bring Mormons and Muslims together in interfaith dialogue.

American society embraces religious plurality and freedom. However Mormons and Muslims still experience religious discrimination and prejudice. While many steps have been taken to increase awareness of their beliefs, they still struggle to be socially integrated in America today. By increasing interaction with one another, Mormons and Muslims are not only able to create positive community alliances but also have greater opportunity to dispel misinformation that might otherwise come from less reliable sources.

This research proposes that Mormon-Muslim interfaith dialogue can make a positive contribution to faith relations in America. Much of this hypothesis is based on a five-year case study by this researcher, which brought together Mormons and Muslims for inter-religious dialogue and community outreach. Based on these first-hand accounts, this research reveals that Mormons and Muslims are able to form unique relationships based primarily on the following conclusions: (1) Both groups share similar moral beliefs, which set them apart socially from mainstream American society. (2) While much religious doctrine is not shared between Mormons and Muslims, there are a number of doctrinal similarities which are beneficial in building common bonds. (3) Both Mormons and Muslims feel the need to dispel misconceptions about their respective faiths. In addition, this research provides discussion of other Mormon-Muslim interfaith issues, such as obstacles faced and possible solutions, reasons why such relationships are beneficial for communities at large, and the progress of this interfaith relationship. Finally, recommendations are made for future progress to strengthen the bonds between Mormons and Muslims and how society overall will benefit from this union.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Esposito, John L.
School: Georgetown University
Department: Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Islamic Studies, International Relations
Keywords: Interfaith, Mormon, Muslim
Publication Number: 1490488
ISBN: 978-1-124-54729-9
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