Founded in 2008 by a pioneering group of young scholars, the first issue of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue went online in February of 2008. Since that time the Journal, a peer-reviewed publication, has emerged as a significant forum for the exploration of interreligious engagement in theory and practice.
The Journal continues to pursue its original mission, seeking to "build an interreligious community of scholars, in which people of different traditions learn from one another and work together for the common good." As the Journal evolves, we are also making some changes. Most notably, the Journal has changed its name to the Journal of Interreligious Studies. This new name acknowledges both the breadth of past contributions to the Journal and the language employed in this emerging, interdisciplinary field. This name change dovetails with the recent creation of the "Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group" at the American Academy of Religions (AAR).
Particularly in this issue, we are inspired by remarks made by Dr. Diana Eck at AAR 2013, in which she reminds us, "Scholarship should point our hearts towards the world."