Dr. Ramzy is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia. His background is in Comparative Religions and Educational Sociology. He obtained a degree in Islamic Studies and both an MA and PhD in Comparative Religions. He wrote his MA thesis in Hinduism and his PhD thesis on the discourses of Ven. Walpola Rahula Thero. He has published works on intercultural education, social harmony, interfaith dialogue, Peace Studies, women’s rights and interpreting texts into contexts.
The motto he identifies with is: “Peace through proper religious understanding and awareness’’.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
A Guidebook for Inter-Religious Dialogue in Sri Lanka
The guidebook for interreligious dialogue in Sri Lanka, prepared as KAICIID fellow initiative, discusses interreligious dialogue, its’ purpose, methods and attitudes within the Sri Lankan context. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist county. Despite of having many interfaith guidebooks provide information regarding the purpose, methods and attitude of dialogue, these information are hardly relevant to Sri Lanka. It is because, majority of these guidebooks have prepared based on the experience on dialogue among Abrahamic religions. The available guidebooks also have considered Western culture in explaining many aspects of dialogue. Hence, the dialogue should be explained fitting to Sri Lankan context while highlighting Asian culture. For this reason, the guidebook for interreligious dialogue has prepared. This guidebook consists of 10 chapters. 1-2 chapters discusses history of Muslim Buddhist coexistence. 3 chapter discuss Islamic perspective of coexistence while 4 chapter discuss the Buddhist perspective of dialogue. Chapters 5,6,7 are important chapters in this book. Chapter 5 explains what is dialogue and its objectives. The objectives of dialogue in Sri Lanka is different from the objective of dialogue in the Western world. Chapter 08 discusses the cultural sensitivity in dialogue and chapters 9 and 10 suggest the themes of dialogue in Sir Lankan context for immediate start. This guidebook helps to strengthened the relationship among religious communities in Sri Lanka in line with the 16th UNESCO goal (Impact). This book not only will be useful for religious Leaders but also will be used as a text book in academic institutions to promote dialogue (Distribution). To determine the success of this guidebook, I will make sure availability this guidebook in Buddhists and Islamic academic institutions libraries (Evaluation).