UNESCO considers religion as an expression of culture and religious diversity and interreligious dialogue as part of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, respectively. Indeed, the United Nations considers religions as an inalienable part of the common cultural heritage of humanity. A humanity that wants to survive and live with increasing dignity and fulfilment, despite the difficulties, cannot afford to dispense with its traditional wisdoms.
Interreligious dialogue does not seek to change people’s ideas about their religions or beliefs, but tries to find common ground between religions, focus on communities and, through the emphasis on harmony and peace, wants to find solutions to many of our common problems. Indeed, one of the reasons for interreligious dialogue is “to provide an atmosphere of freedom” (Kurucan, 2006, p.17).