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OF COEXISTENCE: French writer Dominique Sila Khan with her book ‘Sacred Kerala.’
OF COEXISTENCE: French writer Dominique Sila Khan with her book ‘Sacred Kerala.’

Interfaith relations and uniquely shared spaces between different religious communities in the State are an inspiring model of communal harmony and creative coexistence, observes French writer and researcher Dominique-Sila Khan.

She is in the city for the release of her book ‘Sacred Kerala,’ published by Penguin Books.

During an interactive session organised by the Press Club here on Saturday Ms. Sila Khan, who in her book (Sacred Kerala) has written about the State and its intermixing of different religious faiths, believes that the images projected about the relationship between different communities in the State are not always true. Citing examples of the ‘Chadanakudam’ festival in Thrissur district, Vavar Shrine in Sabarimala and the ‘Kurishupalli’ in Kozhikode, where people of different faiths congregate and share their faith, is beautiful coexistence, Ms. Sila Khan this sharing of space between is a rare and fascinating phenomenon. “This is not something one can often see in other parts of the world,” she says.

Ms. Sila Khan, who has published two novels in French has been living in Jaipur, Rajastan, since 1987 and is engaged in research on the ‘interfaith relations of people in India.’

‘Sacred Kerala’ is her first book about the State. She intends to dedicate the book to Malayalis by presenting copies of it to shrines of different faiths including the Kurishupalli, Puthuponnani Jaram at Ponnani in Malappuram district and the Sabarimala Temple.

Writer K.P. Ramanunni, who’s novel Soofi Paranja Kadha incidentally deals with the same subject, has written the preface to ‘Sacred Kerala.’ Mr. Ramanaunni was also present on the occasion.

Jabir Mushthari

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