What Next for Interreligious Cooperation? New Possibilities in Strengthening Social Cohesion

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Sep 15, 2022 | S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Religion is important in bringing societies together around shared values and in promoting cooperation and community engagement, whereas crises provide opportunities for faith communities to improve bonds of social cohesion and to strengthen resilience for the common good, suggests the Mufti of Singapore, Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, in this article of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Faith communities have tended to live in webs of social, spiritual, and cultural relations as parts of a complex fabric of human diversity. As such historical legacies are an impetus to the positive choices faith communities can make; they can be more proactive in tackling emerging global threats by strengthening social resilience. The author reasons that although the world is increasingly focused on solutions rooted in science, technology, politics, and governance as responses to such threats, solutions need to be infused with personal belief, or societal values, to be sustainable.



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