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KEYNOTE SESSION Wednesday, 7 July, 10 am – 11:30 am (AEST)

Prof Veli-Matti Karkkainen: “The spirit (is) from the amr of my Lord”: The (Holy) Spirit in a Muslim-Christian Engagement

Prof Al Makin: Pluralism in nature

Dr Tanya Riches: An embedded Australian Pentecostalism

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PARALLEL SESSIONS BELOW (SESSIONS 1, 2 & 3) Wednesday, 7 July, 11:40 am – 1:10 pm (AEST).


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Dr Allan Davis: What is ‘successful’ religious acculturation? A case study of the

Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Australia

Dr Nina Mariani Noor: Waqf-e-now: A systemic spiritual education for the next generation in Ahmadiyah Community

Murray Norman: Establishing methodologies for evaluating the effects of religious education on positive multicultural coherence in Australia




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Jon Killpack: Complete, idealized human: A comparative theological experiment on the nature of Jesus

Dr Aaron Ghiloni: Juxtaposing Islamic theology and educational theory

Prof Ungaran Rashid & Prof Mark Harlan: The ‘Son of God’ in the Gospel of John and its relevance for Muslim-Christian dialogue




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Dr John Ayoub: Australian Catholic pilgrimages to Indonesia?Newer forms of tourism to promote the ten Balis and increase international, interreligious, and interracial understanding

Rev Viktor J. Tóth: The ultimate reality in three distinctive traditions

Pratima Durga: Overcoming distances: An international researcher’s epiphanies in cross-cultural settings



KEYNOTE SESSION Thursday, 8 July, 10 am – 11:30 am (AEST)

Dr Adis Duderija: Creating peaceful societies by countering the phenomenon of reactive co-radicalization

Dr Mahsheed Ansari: The evolution of Australian Christian-Muslim relations

Lawrence Ciccarelli: Honorifics in Muslim and Christian Discourse

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PARALLEL SESSIONS BELOW (SESSIONS 4, 5 & 6) Thursday, 8 July, 11:40 am – 1:10 pm (AEST)


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Dr Inayah Rahmaniyah: Women deconstructing the masculine domination within religion

Rev Dr Tshenolo Jennifer Madigele: Effects of Tswana cultural factors on caregiving of elderly women in Botswana: Implications for pastoral caregivers

Prof Alimatual Qibtiyah: Strengthening culture and systems in the prevention and handling of sexual violence in religious-based educational institutions in Indonesia



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Emma Austin: Beyond the face: A Pentecostal’s reevaluation of Orthodox iconography

Dr Yung Hun Choi: The structural-theological incompatibility between the Hebrew Psalter and 11QPs and its relevance to Christian-Qumranian/Jewish Dialogue

Dr Kevin Caldwell: Learning from our audience: Translation of sacred texts in inter-religious contexts


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Wolfgang Sue: Ancestral Rites and its implications for the Christian Church

Dr Muqowim & Dr Zulkipli Lessy: Understanding the multicultural dimension in the history of progressive science in the classical period of Islam

Hodaya Nurit Milo: Social-emotional reconciliation in the relations between Jews and Christians in Australia today