Interfaith Collaboration: The Case of PCWR-FF in Contextualizing Postmodern Realities in Pakistan

Authors

  • Ms. Samia Shakeel Lecturer in the Department of English at NUML Peshawar Campus, Pakistan
  • Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Dr. Imran Ahmad Sajid Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46568/pjass.v14i2.739

Keywords:

PCWR-FF, Interfaith Harmony, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kalash Valley, Postmodernism

Abstract

Religious and faith-based organizations are extremely important for interfaith harmony. With a sizable Muslim population, Pakistan is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious country. Numerous other religions exist, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Sikhism. The non-Muslim Kalashi minority also resides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. From a modernist perspective, the religious affairs in the country were static in the sense that every Religion was confined to its sphere of influence and dialogue as a process of understanding was outside of this equation. In this study, we examine how a postmodern perspective takes shape in Pakistan in the increasing role of those interfaith organizations that believe in religio-cultural harmony and plurality. The Pakistan Council of World Religions-Faith Friends (PCWR-FF) is one platform that encourages dialogue, tolerance, and global collaboration among followers of different faiths. This study shows that all religious leaders concur with most postmodern ideas, including collectivism, equality, pluralism, and interfaith cooperation. The followers of each Religion are keenly conscious of the followers of the other religions. Religious leaders are encouraged by PCWR-FF to adopt postmodern concepts. It gives followers of many faiths a place to gather, converse, and understand one another. Hence, Pakistan has become more tolerant of other religions.

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2023-09-08

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Shakeel, S., Ahmed, S. ., & Sajid, I. A. (2023). Interfaith Collaboration: The Case of PCWR-FF in Contextualizing Postmodern Realities in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 14(2), 21–39. https://doi.org/10.46568/pjass.v14i2.739

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