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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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From exclusion to inclusion: women and interfaith dialogue in the Mediterranean area

From exclusion to inclusion: women and interfaith dialogue in the Mediterranean area

(p.221) Twelve From exclusion to inclusion: women and interfaith dialogue in the Mediterranean area
Women and Religion

Francesco Antonelli

Elisabetta Ruspini

Policy Press

This chapter details women's contribution to interfaith dialogue in the Mediterranean. This area is often referred to a uniform region and usually depicted as highly problematic, since conflicts and migration flows pose considerable risks to the security of the entire region. Moreover, the Mediterranean is not only an area of crisis and conflict, but also a space for opportunities and dialogue. Interreligious dialogue is a powerful tool for achieving peace and stability. Today, institutions for intercultural dialogue and cooperation, religious representatives, and interfaith organizations are working together to build mutual understanding in the region. This chapter shows that the interreligious dialogue has been changing its nature through a twofold enlargement centred on the gender dimension: vertical, by women belonging to intellectual elites; and horizontal, through a growing involvement of civil society.

Keywords:   Mediterranean, interfaith dialogue, migration flows, gender dimension, women, intellectual elites, civil society

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