8th International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

Globalization, along with the increasing growth of new communicative technologies and great possibilities for tourism in the world has brought a deeper consciousness about different cultures, thoughts, social behaviors, and religious attitudes; consequently, newer questions have arisen about the diversity of attitudes and beliefs among different societies. The most significant question which faces human minds is the relation between people’s selves, thoughts, cultures, and religions. To address this question various attempts have taken place to explain the human diversities; diversities among political approaches, cultural orientations, social relations and albeit, religious beliefs.

These inclusive and increasing communications, at least in the level of philosophical reflections about religion, encounters humans with religious diversity in the world, and encourages philosophical minds to explain it. In fact, philosophical minds put into question how we can assess truth claims that each religion maintains. How is it possible that every religion purports human happiness while neither accept the other and acknowledge it as false? Through which explanation of religion, the phenomenon of religious diversity is more intelligible? How can the world’s great religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc.) interact which each other while they maintain the rightfulness? And what would be the future of inter-religious dialogues?

During the last decades there have been attempts to explain religious diversity in the world which each of them highlights only part of the question and due to that expresses its solution. Each of these solutions has its advocates and opponents among religious and even non-religious people and the situation has brought great literature in the field; so if you visit any book about Philosophy of Religion nowadays, you can find a distinctive chapter devoted to this title.

Meanwhile, each of these attempts has its own strengths and weaknesses which should be analyzed philosophically. For instance, we should ask what would be the future of the world based on each of these explanations and what would be the consequences and implications of accepting them? But the question still remains and efforts trying to explain the phenomenon of religious diversity is yet one of the essential problems in Philosophy of Religion and still demands more comprehensive and analytical questioning and answering.

The 8th International Conference of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion intents to get engaged directly with this question. So, we invite thinkers and experts all over the world to offer their latest achievements and participate in facing this question.

Subject Matter: Religious Diversity


  • Description of Religious Diversity in the world
  • Explanation of Religious Diversity in the world (and its epistemological, ontological and anthropological basis)
  • Approaches in facing Religious Diversity



  • The definition of religion and the extent of Religious Diversity
  • Religious Diversity and inter-religious dialogue
  • Religious Diversity and epistemic obligation
  • Religious Diversity and religious pluralism
  • Religious Diversity and guidance and legitimacy
  • Religious Diversity and the transcendental unity of religions
  • Religious Diversity and peaceful coexistence
  • Religious Diversity and tolerance and global peace
  • Religious Diversity and global theology
  • Religious Diversity and religious minorities
  • Religious Diversity and politics
  • Religious Diversity and mysticism
  • Religious Diversity and futurology


Chairman: Hamidreza Ayatollahy

Scientific Secretary: Reza Akbari

Conference Director: Mohammad Mahdi Fallah


Academic Board:

  • Mahdi Abbaszadeh: Islamic Research Institute for Culture and Thought
  • Rahim Acar: Association of Philosophy of Religion, Turkey
  • Reza Akbari: Imam Sadiq University, Iran
  • Mahdi Akhavan: Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran
  • Hamidreza Ayatollahy: Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran
  • Mohsen Javadi: University of Qom, Iran
  • Gholamhossein Khedri: Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran
  • Muhammad Legenhausen: The Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, Qom, Iran
  • Qodratollah Qorbani: Kharazmi University, Iran
  • Detlev Quintern: Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation, Turkey
  • Rasoul Rasoulipour: Kharazmi University, Iran
  • Mohammad Saeedimehr: Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  • Lenart Škof: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Seyyed Ali Taleghani: Center of Akhund Khorasani of IPC, Iran

Time: 4-5 February 2020

Deadline for submission of abstracts: extended until 6 January 2020

Deadline for Submission of Full Text of Speech (1500-2000 words): extended until 30 January 2020

Venue: Islamic Propagation Center, Shahid Rajaei St., Mashhad, Iran

Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 300-350 word abstract, at least 3 keywords, and the author’s affiliation and email address. The proposal should be sent via submission form which is available here.

Registration Fee

Registration fee is €80 (for postgraduate students the amounts will be respectively: €60), just in cash.

Accommodation: The conference secretary offers you a three nights stay in Mashhad for FREE.

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