Decolonizing Interreligious Educationexplores multiple injustices, focusing on the lived experience, unaddressed grief, and acts of resistance and resilience of populations most impacted by coloniality and white supremacy. It lifts up the voices of those speaking from embodied experience of suffering multiple oppressions based on negative constructs of race, religion, skin color, nationality, etc. Engaging ideological critique, construction of knowledge beyond dominant lenses, and acts of resistance are presented from the perspective of those most impacted by systemic injustice. It challenges interreligious education to frame encounters where the impact of intergeneration trauma and the realities of power differentials are recognized and the contributions of all voices are truly integrated. It challenges the fields of religious and interreligious education to imagine a broadened view that includes recognition of the role played by religion in harm done and to take a leadership role in engaging processes of accountability and redress.
Shannon Frediani holds a PhD in Practical Theology with an emphasis on Interreligious Education.
Chapter One: Examining the Interreligious Imaginary
Chapter Two: The Project of Defining Coloniality
Chapter Three: The Relevance of Discourse Analysis for Interreligious Education
Chapter Four: Decolonial Insights from Practical Theology: Multi and Interreligious Communal Spiritual Care Practices of Resilience
Chapter Five: Critical Examination of Social Constructs and White Settler Colonialism
Chapter Six: Christian Supremacy, White Supremacy, and Systemic Injustice
Chapter Seven: Expanding the Interreligious Imaginary
About the Author
Beyond interreligious literacy, beyond interfaith collaboration in civic engagement, this book frames a pedagogy of interreligious liberation. Frediani builds on the insights of scholars of color from around the globe, courageously showing how interreligious studies replicates oppressive systems of power—and imaginatively honing tools so the field can help dismantle these systems instead.
An exceptional contribution of Shannon Frediani’s rich analysis of coloniality and education is her focus on the grief, loss, and self-loathing that haunt those on the underside of history. Drawing on two decades of justice work with the incarcerated and her own experience of spiritual disenfranchisement, she boldly explores how trauma warps intergenerational religious practice. Equally powerful, she challenges definitions of interreligious that perpetuate Christocentrism and invites a kinder, more inclusive engagement among all who seek the sacred.
A critically beneficial book that fills a big void in current interreligious education and dialogue in its approaches and intentionally chosen dialogue partners! Frediani compellingly persuades her readers of the criticality and urgency of the decolonial approach to interreligious education, departing from the dominant white normative framework. She presents a decolonial framework to address systematic injustice and intergenerational trauma and grief shared among people pushed to the fringe of our society. This is a needed textbook for teachers and practitioners of interreligious education and those who have been searching for a new approach that overcomes white Christian hegemony in their social justice theological education and ministries.