Pluriel

University platform for research on Islam

Initiated by
the Federation
of European
Catholic
Universities

Supported by
the International
Federation
of Catholic
Universities

Publisher : Karthala - Paris

French

2023
172

Being yourself through the other. How I grew up in a context of diversity

“This book retraces the itinerary of Michel Younès in which he shows that otherness is part of identity. In a context where cultural and religious diversity is no longer an option, he seeks to avoid the logic of opposition and relativisation. How to find one’s bearings without getting lost? Based on his Lebanese roots, his dual training in theology and philosophy, as well as projects on religion in the workplace, the author presents his personal journey, his intercultural experience and his convictions, combining knowledge of religions and interreligious dialogue. By focusing on issues related to Islam, he provides keys to understanding, combining academic research and field experience. If interest in what is different from oneself is not spontaneous, educating not only to the other but through the other invites one to grow differently and to be oneself in its presence. It is an inspiring journey in a world of profound change.

“Ce livre retrace l’itinéraire de Michel Younès dans lequel il montre que l’altérité fait partie de l’identité. Dans un contexte où la diversité culturelle et religieuse n’est plus une option, il cherche à éviter les logiques d’opposition et de relativisation. Comment se repérer sans se perdre ? À partir de ses racines libanaises, de sa double formation en théologie et en philosophie, ainsi que des projets menés sur la religion en entreprise, l’auteur présente ici son parcours personnel, son expérience interculturelle et ses convictions, croisant connaissance des religions et dialogue interreligieux. En s’intéressant aux questions relatives à l’islam, il donne des clés de compréhension, conjuguant recherche académique et expérience de terrain. Si l’intérêt pour ce qui est différent de soi n’est pas spontané, éduquer non seulement à l’autre, mais par l’autre invite à grandir autrement et à être soi-même en sa présence. C’est un itinéraire inspirant dans un monde en profonde mutation.”

يتناول هذا الكتاب سيرورة ميشال يونس الذي يظهر فيه أن الغيريّة تشكل جزءًا من الهوية. في بيئة لم يعد التنوع الثقافي والديني خياراً، يسعى الكاتب إلى دحض منطق المتناقضات والنسبيّة. كيف يمكن التموضع دون الضياع؟ انطلاقًا من جذوره اللبنانية وتنشئته اللاهوتيّة والفلسفيّة، بالإضافة إلى المشاريع التي أجراها حول الدين في مجال العمل، يقدم المؤلف مساره الشخصي وخبرته حول التفاعل الثقافي وقناعاته، متناولًا معرفة الدينيّة والحوار الأديان. من خلال الاهتمام بالقضايا المتعلقة بالإسلام، يقدم مفاتيح عمليّة التفكير تتلأم بين الأبحاث الأكاديميّة والعمل الميداني. بما انّ الانفتاح على الآخر ليس بديهيّاً، فإن التدرّب على معرفة الآخر المختلف يتم من خلال التنشئة من خلاله. ممّا يدعو إلى النمو بطريقة مختلفة. إنه مسار ملهم في عالم يشهد تغيرات عميقة.

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