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The Faiths of OthersA History of Interreligious Dialogue$
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Thomas Albert Howard

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300249897

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300249897.001.0001

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The Faiths of Others

Thomas Albert Howard

Yale University Press

This chapter spotlights a major interreligious event that took place in 1924: the Conference on Some Living Religions within the Empire. It notes that the conference brought representatives from major religious traditions of the British Empire — excluding Christianity and Judaism because of their presumed familiarity — to London to expound before a general British audience the chief tenets and practices of their faiths. For many attendees, it was their first time to hear directly from a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, and a Parsi, among other religious voices. In addition to offering a historical account of this conference, the chapter discusses its legacy — the main one being the creation of the World Congress of Faiths (1936), the oldest continuously existing organization devoted to interreligious dialogue. It also pays close attention to Sir Francis Younghusband (1863–1942), the keynote speaker at the 1924 conference and the driving force behind the establishment of the congress in 1936. Ultimately, the chapter investigates why the conference deserves recognition alongside Chicago's better-known parliament of 1893.

Keywords:   interreligious event, British Empire, London, World Congress of Faiths, Sir Francis Younghusband

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