PEACE-BUILDING THROUGH DIALOGUE AND LEARNING
Keywords:Peace Building, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management, Dialogue, Learning, Mutual Respect, Mutual Learning, Respect for all, Difference Management, Peaceful Negotiation, Avoidance
Human history has demonstrated over ages that the prime requirement for progress and development is peace. It is the fulcrum for learning and knowledge. However, society is inhabited with people of diverse faiths which causes differences and eventually leads to violence. An important principle of peace-building in matter of faiths from the Islamic perspective is to follow one and respect all. When one adopts this principle, it encourages one to be patient and tolerant towards other religions. This in turn inculcates a fundamental principle of learning from one another which helps in spiritual and religious development. It is the dialogue and learning which helps in inner engineering of a person who then becomes a catalyst for a peaceful society. Essential to peace-building is, therefore, dialogue and learning.