A day-long international seminar on “Making Pluralism Possible: The Promise and Challenge of Religious Peace-building in South Asia” held today at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium of Dhaka University (DU).
The Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (CIID) of DU, the
Department of Economics and Social Sciences of BRAC University, Berkley
Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs of Georgetown University and
World Faiths Development Dialogue, USA, jointly organized the event.
DU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the
seminar as the chief guest with director of CIID Dr Fazrin Huda chaired.
Georgetown University Prof Katherine Marshall and Chairperson of Economics
and Social Sciences Department of BRAC University Dr Mahabub Hossain, among
others, addressed it.
Prof. AAMS Arefin Siddique stressed inculcation of culture of dialogue
among the followers of various faiths in order to foster congenial
interreligious commitment in relation to spirituality.
“We should eliminate the exclusivist and reductionist proclivities towards
other religions”, he pointed out. He said, Bangladesh is a role model of interreligious and intercultural
“We all live in this country peacefully in environment of many different
religions. Our state policy is secularism. Our constitutions guarantees
equality to all citizens of the republic irrespective of faith, caste, creed,
color, economic, social, ideological or political status,” the VC added.
He also mentioned Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
had always emphasized the importance of secular state policy in the common
interest of religious harmony and integration in the country and the world.
Scholars from USA, UK, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh
participated in the seminar, agencies report.