1 Department of the History of Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University3 unknown
Amidst fractured Euro-American and Middle Eastern relations and conflicts, and its global impact, various societies are witnessing increased conflict and polarization between religious, especially Muslim and non-Muslim, communities. In many instances, these communities may have previously lived peacefully alongside each other, now these circumstances are influencing their views and perceptions of the religious "other" in decidedly negative ways. This article aims to provide one way to address and begin to reverse these trends. It proposes a model for change through the formation of communal sanctuaries for inter-religious dialogue and reconciliation based on religious and philosophical principles to support interaction between religious communities. In this respect, it provides a theoretical framework and a practical design for such communal sanctuaries drawing on three religious worldviews, African Traditional Religion, Islam and Christianity.