03 Jul '11, 9pm

Can You “Test-Drive” a Religion for a Month?

Can You “Test-Drive” a Religion for a Month?

Would inter-religious dialogue be easier if Christians actually knew what it was like to be Muslim, or vice versa? One of the biggest challenges of attempts to bridge religious divides is the fact that faiths are seen as long-term, lifelong commitments. But would it be possible for people to try out another religion for a month, just to see what it’s like? That’s the idea behind a program, sponsored by a social enterprise group called the Blood Foundation, called”Muslim for a Month,” where non-Muslims can travel to Turkey, stay with Muslim families, pray, fast, and listen to lectures by Muslim scholars. Participants are immersed in Islam with no strings attached. Not all of them are non-Muslim; one man who was brought up Muslim in India decided to do the program as a way to more deeply understand Muslim mystic traditions like Sufism. “My first response was that I was bemus...

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