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One day symposium on the Comparative Study of Religious Seminaries

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Many religious traditions have educational institutions/systems to prepare students for teaching, leadership and pastoral roles within their respective traditions. The word seminary, though of Christian origins, is widely used to designate such institutions across different religious communities including Islamic madrasas (madaris) and Jewish yeshivas.

In recent decades the histories, function, curriculum and organisation of seminaries have been amply studied. In some contexts, such as the Muslim, this focus has often been under the influence of security concerns. However, the scholarship in this area has usually progressed within the confines of particular religious traditions. Despite the Woolf Institute’s call for further research in a 2008 report (Mumisa & Kessler), comparative studies have not received due attention. This one-day seminar will respond to the gap in scholarship by bringing together researchers and practitioners in different traditions to engage with each other. In addition to being of academic interest, the symposium will explore good practice, further mutual understanding and encourage self-reflection through dialogue.

The programme will consist of a keynote lecture, to be given by Professor Ron Geaves, as well paper sessions, workshops and time for discussion.

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