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Religious Diversity

Call for Papers

Theme: Religious Diversity
Type: 8th International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
Institution: Iranian Association for Philosophy of Religion (IAPR)
Location: Mashhad (Iran)
Date: 4.–5.2.2020
Deadline: 6.12.2019

Globalization, along with the increasing growth of new communicative
technologies and great possibilities for tourism in the world has
brought a deeper consciousness about different cultures, thoughts,
social behaviors, and religious attitudes; consequently, newer
questions have arisen about the diversity of attitudes and beliefs
among different societies. The most significant question which faces
human minds is the relation between people’s selves, thoughts,
cultures, and religions. To address this question various attempts
have taken place to explain the human diversities; diversities among
political approaches, cultural orientations, social relations and
albeit, religious beliefs.

These inclusive and increasing communications, at least in the level
of philosophical reflections about religion, encounters humans with
religious diversity in the world and encourages philosophical minds
to explain it. In fact, philosophical minds put into question how we
can assess truth claims that each religion maintains. How is it
possible that every religion purports human happiness while neither
accept the other and acknowledge it as false? Through which
explanation of religion, the phenomenon of religious diversity is
more intelligible? How can the world’s great religions (Islam,
Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc.) interact which each other
while they maintain the rightfulness? And what would be the future of
interreligious dialogues?

During the last decades there have been attempts to explain religious
diversity in the world which each of them highlights only part of the
question and due to that expresses its solution. Each of these
solutions has its advocators and opponents among religious and even
non-religious people and the situation have brought great literature
in the field; so if you visit any book about Philosophy of Religion
nowadays, you can find a distinctive chapter devoted to this title.

Meanwhile, each of these attempts has its own strengths and weaknesses
which should be analyzed philosophically. For instance, we should ask
what would be the future of the world based on each of these
explanations and what would be the consequences and implications of
accepting them? But the question still remains and efforts trying to
explain the phenomenon of religious diversity is yet one of the
essential problems in Philosophy of Religion and still demands more
comprehensive and analytical questioning and answering.

The 8th International Conference of Contemporary Philosophy of
Religion intents to get engaged directly with this question. So, we
invite thinkers and experts all over the world to offer their latest
achievements and participate in facing this question.

- Description of Religious Diversity in the world
- Explanation of Religious Diversity in the world (and its
 epistemological, ontological and anthropological basis)
- Approaches in facing Religious Diversity

- The definition of religion and the extent of Religious Diversity
- Religious Diversity and interreligious dialogue
- Religious Diversity and epistemic obligation
- Religious Diversity and religious pluralism
- Religious Diversity and guidance and legitimacy
- Religious Diversity and the transcendental unity of religions
- Religious Diversity and peaceful coexistence
- Religious Diversity and tolerance and global peace
- Religious Diversity and global theology
- Religious Diversity and religious minorities
- Religious Diversity and politics
- Religious Diversity and mysticism
- Religious Diversity and futurology


Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 300-350 word
abstract, at least 3 keywords, and the author’s affiliation and email
address. The proposal should be sent online from the form, available

Deadline for submission of abstracts:
6 December 2019

Deadline for Submission of Full Text of Speech (1500-2000 words):
10 January 2020

Conference Date:
4-5 February 2020

Registration Fee:
Registration fee is €80 (for postgraduate students the amounts will be
respectively: €60), just in cash.

The conference secretary offers you a two day stay in Mashhad for

Islamic Propagation Center
Shahid Rajaei St.
Mashhad, Iran


Mohammad Mahdi Fallah, Conference Director
Iranian Association for Philosophy of Religion (IAPR)
Phone: +989126048893
Email:  or