Multireligious Understanding and Contestation of Works in World Literature

Nurul Khurriyah, Setya Yuwana Sudikan, Tengsoe Tjahjono, Nadya Afdholy


This paper explores the relationship between religion and literature, and how it can promote or hinder multireligious understanding. This paper delve deeper into the concept of multireligious understanding and explains its importance in fostering harmony and peaceful coexistence between different religious communities. By exploring how the concept of cultural capital, as developed by the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, can help us understand the dynamics of multireligious understanding and contestation in the context of world literature. This paper also examines how works of literature from different religious traditions can promote multireligious understanding by highlighting commonalities and shared experiences between different communities. In addition, this paper discusses the potential for works of literature to challenge and contest established religious beliefs and practices, and the implications of such contestation for multireligious understanding. Overall, this paper summarizes the main arguments of the article and underscores the potential of literature to serve as a powerful tool for promoting multireligious understanding and reducing conflict between different religious communities.


Bourdieu; Contestation; Multireligious; World Literature

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