In 1947, the partition of India cast silent injustice over the nation. Delving into the fascinating and often controversial theme of interfaith dialogue, Mario I. Aguilar explores the experiences of Muslims and Hindus following the partition, and discusses how these experiences reveal what is shared in both religions.
In a time of schism, violence and forced migration, how can God be understood? With his latest book, Catholic Benedictine hermit Mario Aguilar explores the religious identities of Hindus and Muslims in the aftermath of the 1947 partition of India. Looking at the experiences of the victims who were silenced, he reveals how out of this traumatic period has emerged a peaceful dialogue between faiths, held together by shared humanity and prayerfulness. Founded on a fascination with what unites rather than divides religions, Aguilar offers a theological reading of a major event in twentieth century history that is both creative and constructive.
Table of contents:
Introduction: Dialogues in Tri-Belonging. 1. The Silence of Partition. 2. The Diversity of God's Womb. 3. Rethinking Art and a Shared Humanity. 4. Contemporary Dialogues of Unification. Conclusion: Towards a Theology of Restitution. Appendix 1: The St. Andrews Declaration for a Shared Humanity. Appendix 2: The India Declaration for a Shared Humanity. Appendix 3: A Woman's Declaration for a Shared Humanity. References.
Mario I. Aguilar is Professor of Religion & Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion & Politics at the University of St Andrews. He is also a poet and a hermit.