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Multifaith spaces reflect the diversity of the modern world and enable a connection between individuals from different religious backgrounds. These spaces also highlight the complex and sensitive areas of political and social debates regarding the emergence of densely urbanised populations. They hold the potential to encourage connection and dialogue between members of different communities, promoting empathy, community and shared activity for the betterment of society.

This book explores the history, development, design and practicalities of multifaith spaces from the early shared religious buildings that had to cater for two or more faiths, to the shared multifaith spaces of modern secular locations such as universities, airports and hospitals. Terry Biddington looks at the architectural, theological, social, legal and practical complexities that arise from the development and use of such spaces. The book also draws together research to enable further development of multifaith spaces.

Reviews

This book is the first in depth study on multifaith spaces, examining the new shape religion is taking in today's institutions. A `must read' for all engaged in planning, creating and running similar projects and all who want to get a understanding of one way in which religion is back in the public sphere with powerful symbols of peace and integration in diversity.
Martin Rötting, Professor of Religious Studies, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and Chair at House of Culture and Religion e.V. Munich
Terry Biddginton's superb examination of multifaith spaces will make a big contribution to inter-religious understanding. It offers an encyclopaedia of examples of the many ways in which people have wrestled with the dilemmas of creating multifaith spaces. Equally it provides a clear-sighted analysis of the underlying challenges and tensions which must be negotiated to enable the cohabitation of different faiths. It's a book whose relevance and usefulness will surely increase in the future.
Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, University of Winchester