Navigating and Preserving Interfaith Dialogue: Perspectives from Two Academic Librarians

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This paper presents examples from academic librarians' experiences on documenting religious conflicts and promoting interfaith dialogue without sustaining resentment. To prepare for the Parliament of World Religions in November 2018, an academic librarian in the United States collaborated with a religious studies professor to document ways to enhance dialogue and understanding of “dignity” in religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism through Wikipedia. The wikipedia collaborations led to opportunities to teach the meanings and concepts of dignity in religious contexts but there were also moments when the added citations and texts were challenged by other Wikipedia users; we reflect on navigating sensitive topics such as dignity in religious studies and in Wikipedia during such complex times.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalIFLA Journal
StatePublished - Jul 12 2019


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