Research Projects Research on Inter-religious Ethics

In a world of globalisation, where inter-religious and intercultural dialogue is a priority, religions have a key role to play in global ethics. seeks to advance dialogue on ethics, across boundaries of culture, faith and tradition. Our research on inter-religious ethics includes scholars from the main world religions and develops tools for inter-religious education.



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Online libraries

Through the online libraries on ethics and related disciplines, more than one million full-text documents are available free-of-charge to registered participants, including on religious ethics, inter-religious dialogue, and spirituality and ethics.

The Global Digital Library on Ethics has been complemented by the Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism. It is planned that this should be followed by further digital libraries, including on Islamic Theology and on Philosophy.

Specialised collections

Through special collections on religious ethics within its libraries, seeks to increase access to reliable and authoritative material about different faith traditions. Currently, there are collections on Islamic Ethics, Catholic Ethics, Confucian Ethics and Hindu Ethics available. Additional collections on Jaina Ethics, Protestant Ethics, Orthodox Ethics and Jewish Ethics are planned for 2014. The libraries also include institutional collections from a variety of religious organisations.

Specialised journals

The online libraries offer access to full-text articles from more than 25 journals related to religious ethics and to comparative religion and inter-religious dialogue.

Online workgroups

Through its online workgroups, offers participants the opportunity to engage in common work on subjects of interest to the network. Workgroups have included methods of Inter-religious Dialogue on Ethics, and Religion and Decent Work. Publications related to Inter-religious Ethics

Religion and Television in Indonesia: Ethics Surrounding Dakwahtainment (2013)
Dicky Sofjan (with Mega Hidayati)
ISBN 978-2-940428-80-9

This monograph provides a critical overview and assessment of dakwahtainment or Islamic televangelism in post-reform Indonesia. Dakwah is an Indonesian word based on Arabic that means propagation of Islam – a religious duty for all Muslims. This monograph looks at what happens to Islamic propagation when, against the background of an increasingly materialist, consumerist, nihilistic and voyeuristic culture of celebrity that is engulfing Indonesia, it is turned into media entertainment.

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African Contextual Ethics: Hunger, Leadership, Faith and Media (2013)
Elisabeth Nduku / Christoph Stückelberger (eds.)
ISBN 978-2-940428-64-9

This volume in the Focus series brings together articles presented at an interdisciplinary session on applied ethics held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, in June 2012. Current topics in development ethics, political ethics, media ethics, governance ethics and business ethics are developed from African perspectives, using examples drawn from Kenya and Tanzania. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 recognised the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of the members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

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 Filsafat, Etika, dan Kearifan Lokal untuk Konstruksi Moral Kebangsaan (2013)
Editors: Siti Syamsiyatun and Nihayatul Wafiroh
ISBN 978-2-940428-44-1

This volume in the Focus series is the result of a partnership between and the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Yogyakarta. Eleven contributions consider the role of philosophy, ethics and local wisdom in the moral construction of the nation. As befits a nation as diverse as Indonesia, they discuss a wide range of questions: Pancasila ethics and governance, ethics in science, blogging ethics, business ethics, gender equality, human cloning, the theology of forgiveness, postcolonial perspectives on Christian mission, religious radicalism, and the use of religions to build up or divide communities.

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Etika Islam dan Problematika Sosial di Indonesia (2013)
Editors: Siti Syamsiyatun / Ferry Muhammadsyah Siregar
ISBN 978-2-940428-42-7

This volume in the Focus series is the result of a partnership between and the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Yogyakarta. Among the many questions faced by Muslims in Indonesia are bioethics, democracy and good governance, freedom of religion, inculturation and multiculturalism, Islam and science, peace-building and social harmony, relations with the opposite sex, and responses to natural disasters. The ten articles by students, academics and young professionals consider these different aspects of Islamic ethics in the social context of Indonesia and beyond.

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Éthique de la non-violence (2013)
Njojo Kahwa
ISBN 978-2-940428-60-1

Qu'est ce que la non-violence ? Que pourrait apporter cette notion dans la recherche de la paix ? Le but de ce travail est de faire une lecture socio-théologique de quelques enseignements de Jésus sur la non-violence. L'analyse du concept de « non-violence » et l'étude exégétique de quelques passages des évangiles synoptiques permettront d'affirmer que Jésus est l'enseignant, le partisan et le pratiquant de la non-violence. Des implications socio-théologiques découleront de cet étude, pouvant contribuer à l'installation d'une culture de la non-violence dans le monde.

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Sharing Values: A Hermeneutics for Global Ethics (2011)
Editors: Ariane Hentsch Cisneros and Shanta Premawardhana
ISBN 978-2-940428-25-0 – Series No. 4

"As global ethics emerges as an important answer to the common issues facing humankind, we cannot spare a reflection on the process leading to a consensus on global values. If we are to break political, economic, ideological, cultural, religious and gender-based patterns of domination in the debate on global ethics, we must ensure that all parties to the dialogue are able to express their values freely and in their own fashion. "

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 Calvin Global: How Faith Influences Societies (2009)
 Editors:  Christoph Stückelberger and Reinhold Bernhardt
 ISBN 978-2-940428-00-7 – Series No. 3

 "Religions influence all sectors of society. To a great extent, this is true for the Protestant Genevan Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) with his global influence and impact. His work is still highly relevant to today's economy. In his writings he emphasized on equitable markets and fair interests. In politics, he was an early door-opener for democracy, and he approached science with an open minded curiosity. His ethics is deeply rooted in his faith in the merciful and guiding Christian God. All human efforts should serve the Glory of God."

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Overcoming Fundamentalism: Ethical Responses from Five Continents (2009)
Editors: Heidi Hadsell and Christoph Stückelberger
ISBN 978-2-940428-00-7 – Series No. 2

"Fundamentalism is a reality on all continents, in all world religions and in different political and economic movements and world views. It influences political, cultural, religious and economic development. "Overcoming fundamentalism" is a program. The contributors of this book do not call for military or power-related answers to fight fundamentalism."

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Projects related to Inter-religious Ethics

• International Conference on Care and Compassion. Methodologies of Inter-religious Dialogue on Ethics, Nairobi January 2009
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Principles on Sharing Values across Cultures and Religions (2012)
(in English, French, Chinese, German, Indonesian, Persian and Spanish).

In a time where different knowledge systems progress in close contact, sharing values effectively is crucial in order to steer clear of misunderstanding and conflict, and find common solutions to the most pressing issues affecting populations worldwide., held its Third International Conference in 2009 on how to best share values across cultures and religions. Participants laid out the present methodological Principles for a truly transformative dialogue on values. These principles will hopefully inspire institutions and professionals in the field, as well as contribute to the global debate on interreligious and intercultural ethics.

• International Workshop on Sharing Values (preparation for International Conference in Nairobi), Caux, Switzerland September 2007 - Report
• International Conference on Fundamentalism and Ethics, Huissen, Netherlands, August 2006 - Report
• Regional Workshop: "The use of (Holy) Scripture in Conflict Resolution", Beirut, Lebanon March 2006 - Report