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July 22, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

In this ground-breaking volume 'The Significance of Religion in Conflict and Conflict Resolution', Kadayifci-Orellana, Kollontai and Schliesser analyze the role of religion in conflict and conflict resolution from the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and by bringing different disciplines into play, including peace and conflict studies, religious studies, theology and ethics. With much of current academic, political and public attention focusing on the conflictive dimensions of religion, this book also explores the constructive resources of religion for conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Analyzing the specific contributions of religious actors in this field, their potentials and possible problems connected with them, this book sheds light on the concrete contours of the oftentimes vague “religious factor” in processes of social change. Case studies in current and former settings of violent conflict such as Israel, post-genocide Rwanda and Pakistan provide “real life” contexts for their discussions. Combining cutting-edge research with case studies and concrete implications for academics, policy makers and practitioners, this concise and easily accessible volume helps to build bridges between these oftentimes separated spheres of engagement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

List of Abbreviations

List of Contributors

Part 1: Summary

1. Summary and Implications for Academics, Policy Makers and Practitioners

Part 2: Why Religion Matters

2. Why Religion Matters: An Introduction

Part 3: Religion Matters in Conflict

3.1 Did Religion Do It?

3.2 Jewish Perspective: Religion in Israel’s Land Rights Conflicts

3.3 Christian Perspective: Religion in Pre-Genocide and Genocide Rwanda

3.4 Islamic Perspective: Religion in Pakistan’s Internal Conflicts

Part 4: Religion Matters in Conflict Resolution

4.1 Orientation: What Do They Have that Others Don’t?

4.2 Jewish Perspective: Religion in Israel’s Quest for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Its Land Rights Conflicts

4.3 Christian Perspective: Religion in Post-Genocide Rwanda’s Quest for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

4.4 Islamic Perspective: Religion in Muslim Women's PeaceBuilding Initiatives in Pakistan

Part 5: Now What?

5. Now What? Implications for Academics, Policy Makers and Practitioners

Index

 

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Author(s)

Biography

Christine Schliesser is a Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Zurich University, Switzerland, and a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is an Affiliate Researcher at Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy, USA.

Pauline Kollontai is Professor of Higher Education in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University, UK.