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3rd, 4th, 5th Meeting of Study Group Series “Thinking about multicultural harmonious coexistence”, 3rd Unit

3rd, 4th, 5th Meeting of Study Group Series “Thinking about multicultural harmonious coexistence”, 3rd Unit

                   

The 3rd Unit of IRCP, titled “Research on Basis of Thought for the Society of Multicultural Harmonious Coexistence,” established the study group series “Thinking about multicultural harmonious coexistence” last year as an opportunity for convergence of results in preparation for the final year of the unit. The results will be published in the popular book Overcoming religious barriers: A basis of thought for a society of multicultural harmonious coexistence (to be published in January 2016 by Nonburusha).

3rd: On January 21, at the Toyo University Hakusan Campus (Building 6, Meeting Room 3)

Soda Takehito (IRCP Researcher) reported on the following under the title “Lessing’s religious thought”:

In 18th-century Germany, Lessing critiqued both the dogmatic legitimism of Protestant Christianity and contemplative Enlightenment theology, seeking a new relationship between religiosity and reason. This presentation described how Lessing’s thought identified one path toward coexistence among multiple religions and considered its limitations.

Next, Bahman Zakipour (doctoral student, Toyo University) discussed in frank terms the status of freedom of religion and thought in contemporary Iran since the Iranian Revolution and tolerance and intolerance for non-Islamic traditions, from the perspective of an Iranian.

4th: On March 18, at the Toyo University Hakusan Campus (Building 6, Meeting Room 3)

Under the title “Islam and terrorism,” Ono Jun'ichi  (IRCP Visiting Researcher; Part-time Lecturer, Toyo University)discussed the “unity of creation” (waḥdat al-wuǧūd) of Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn al-ʿArabī (1165–1240), grounded in the interpretation of Henry Corbin, showing that it fully develops Islam’s defensive mechanisms against thought that would justify acts of exclusionism as political violence.

Next, Watanabe Shogo (IRCP Researcher) and Horiuchi Toshio (IRCP Research Associate) reported on their “Study of the actual conditions of multicultural harmonious coexistence as seen in the religious events of Kyoto and Nara and interviews with priests.” See Newsletter No. 9 for details.

5th: On May 7, at the Toyo University Hakusan Campus (Building 2, Meeting Room 1)

Hashimoto Taigen (IRCP Researcher) presented the following report on the topic of “‘Boundaries’ and ‘coexistence’ between different religions”:

Since the start of the modern era, Hinduism and Islam in India have come into conflict with each other as each has headed in a fundamentalist direction and mutual differences have become more pronounced externally under the modern “divide and rule” method originally implemented as a policy of control during the British colonial period. However, it is a fact that in the pre-modern period there was active exchange and mixture between followers of both religions. While considering this example, Hashimoto considered how to achieve coexistence between both religions based on the keyword of “boundaries.”

Nagai Shin(IRCP Researcher)presented the following report on the topic of “The metaphysics of coexistence”:

Coexistence among multiple cultures is possible at a variety of levels when we demand some kind of logic rather than simple heterogeneous mixture through experience. However, this presentation also gave new meaning to the concept of metaphysics by identifying a transcendental logical structure as something metaphysical and even mystical rather than something derived through the accumulation of experience.