Bavarian Research Center for Interreligious Discourses
In October 2020 the Bavarian Research Center for Interreligious Discourses (BaFID) was founded at the FAU. It is funded by the Bavarian State Government and replaces the previous research unit Key Concepts in Interreligious Discourses (KCID). The founding director is Prof. Dr. Georges Tamer. The BaFID team consists of researchers in the fields of Jewish Studies, Christian Theology and Islamic Studies, a media and public relations officer and a team coordinator and an administrative coordinator. The central aim of BaFID is to investigate the basic contents and key concepts of the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in relation to one another and in dialogue with their intellectual contexts. Basic research is conducted in the field of discourse theory and discourse analysis focussing on the analysis of interreligious discourses from religious, theological and/or philosophical perspectives including the exchange with non-religious types of ethica, moral and political discourses. The approach is interdisciplinary and comparative; different methods can be applied. In addition to basic research, BaFID also concentrates on the effective communication of research results to the broader society in order to promote mutual understanding between religious communities and social cohesion. Thus, our research center contributes to peaceful coexistence and mutual recognition amongst people of different religious affiliations.