UWTSD Harmony scholar attends ‘DialoguePerspectives: Discussing Religions and World views’ conference in Germany


15.12.2021

UWTSD’s Fatima Akbar Jiwani, a Harmony scholar at the University’s International Federation for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (IFIFICD), was selected recently to attend the latest DialoguePerspectives conference, held in Potsdam, Germany. 

UWTSD’s Fatima Akbar Jiwani, a Harmony scholar at the University’s International Federation for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (IFIFICD), was selected recently to attend the latest DialoguePerspectives conference, held in Potsdam, Germany.

Since 2015, more than 200 students and doctoral candidates of diverse religious and worldview orientations have come together through the Dialogue Perspectives programme. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office in Germany, the programme has been extended to a European platform for training future leaders in academia, culture, politics, and business to become experts in a new, societally oriented interfaith-worldview dialogue.

This year, over 70 students and PhD candidates from seventeen European countries participated in the ‘DialoguePerspectives’ programme. With their manifold backgrounds, participants reflect the religious, political, and societal diversity of European societies. Following the conference, Fatima Akbar Jiwani, commented:

DialoguePerspectives in an admirable way has succeeded in bringing participants from different cultures, religious interpretations and worldview together to interact, question and engage in difficult conversations.

Reflecting upon this unique and powerful experience, I feel grateful to be selected for this opportunity. Meeting a multitude of people from varied cultural, professional, and religious backgrounds was a breakthrough in itself! Though, the participants were adherents of different faiths/worldviews, many of them held a comprehensive understanding of religious traditions and practices. A few of them were already engaged in interfaith projects and were strong advocators of inclusivism in their own contexts. Getting to know them, their challenges, and experiences, has helped me to reflect on my own identity, strengths, and my contribution to society. 

I look forward to the next seminar at Luxemburg which promises further opportunities of bonding, collaborations, and personal growth as a catalyst for new possibilities.”  

Fatima Akbar Jiwani is currently pursuing a professional doctorate in Interfaith Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Lampeter campus. Previously, she has obtained a master’s degree in teaching (MTeach) and Master of Arts (M.A) degree in ‘Muslim Societies and Civilization’; both from University College London (UCL), Institute of Education (IOE) and from the ‘Institute of Ismaili Studies’ (IIS), London. She has also completed a master’s degree in Economics from University of Mumbai (India, 1997), a bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.) in 2007 and another bachelor’s (B.A) in Economics in 1995.

UWTSD’s Fatima Akbar Jiwani, a Harmony scholar at the University’s International Federation for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (IFIFICD), was selected recently to attend the latest DialoguePerspectives conference, held in Potsdam, Germany.

Speaking about her time at UWTSD, Fatima Akbar Jiwani, added:

“Currently I am working on my doctorate thesis which is, ‘Exploring students experiences of Ismaili religious education classes and its influence on their religious identity’.  Religious education is among the best response to existential questions. This led me to apply for UWTSD Professional doctorate in interfaith studies program. As part of my doctorate degree, I have enjoyed learning about various religious doctrines, and I’ve had the opportunity to contribute a number of papers on interfaith studies.”

Dr Angus Slater, Lecturer in Theology and Interfaith Studies at UWTSD, said:

 “Fatima has been a great contributor to our Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies programme at Lampeter with UWTSD during her studies and through her outside interfaith activity. This aspect of professional practice alongside academic learning is a hallmark of our interfaith programmes at UWTSD at both doctoral and masters level”

Further information about UWTSD’s International Federation for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (IFIFICD) is available on the University’s website.

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