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Religious diversity, secularism, citizenship and democracy

Report of the workshop held during AEPF 8, in Brussels, on October 2010


I. Objectives of the workshop

II. Introduction of the session by the moderator, Richard Werly

III. Contributions from the three first panelists

• Antoine Sondag, on Religious diversity and the Secular state
• Amabella Carumba, on the Tri-people approach for peace in Mindanao
• Nizamuddin Nizamani, on the Threat of Islamic fundamentalism

IV. Second Panel: Reactions to the issues raised

• Elga Sarapung (Indonesia)
• Andrew Khoo (Malaysia)
• P.K. Murthy (CITU, India)
• Additional remarks from L.A. Samy (India)

V. Issues raised by the other participants

• Role and attitude of the State and religious leaders
• Education’s key role in fighting extremism
• Role of the mass media
• Behind fundamentalism or extremism
• Majority and minority
• Relationship between secularism, democracy and citizenship (remarks by Achin Vanaik)

VI. Conclusions and perspectives, by Richard Werly


For a democratic governance of religious diversity
by Antoine Sondag


Beyond the Religious Divide:
The Mindanao Grassroots Tri-People Experience
by Amabella Carumba


The Indonesian context
by Elga Sarapung

Attached documents

  • Document November 2010 - (PDF - 290.9 kb)

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