The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution

  • ID: 2194474
  • December 2012
  • 438 Pages
  • Ashgate Publishing
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A comprehensive overview of the latest research in religion and conflict resolution, this collection of twenty three essays brings together leading scholars in the field examining the contribution religious actors have made and are making towards peace and resolving. The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution is primarily aimed at readerships with special interest in conflict resolution, international security, and religion and international relations, and will also serve as a valuable resource for policy makers and conflict resolution practitioners.

The collection comprises five thematic sections, each with chapters on vital and mainly contemporary topics in the field of religion and conflict resolution. The principal themes include:

- Religious Traditions and Conflict
- Key Debates on Religious Conflict Resolution
- Religion, International Relations and Security
- Religion and Conflict Resolution
- The Peacemakers

The Companion combines religious teachings on conflict resolution from the great religions, case studies from around the world, examinations of fundamentalism, peace building, gender, pacifism and religious freedom, together with profiles of Gandhi, Jimmy Carter, Khatami, Pax Christi and Search for Common Ground.

The Ashgate Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution is an accessible and indispensable authoritative handbook on this subject for students, practitioners and academics working in this area.

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Contents: Religion and conflict resolution: an introduction, Lee Marsden. Part I: Religious Traditions and Conflict: Islam and peacebuilding: the Gulan Movement in Global Action, John L. Esposito and Ihsan Yilmaz; Christian claims of uniqueness, The problem of violence and interfaith dialogue, Rosemary Durward; Peace and conflict in the Jewish tradition, George Wilkes; Hindu teaching on conflict and peacemaking, Nirmala Mani Adhikary; Conflict and peace in Buddhism, Peter Friedlander. Part II: Key Debates on Religious Conflict Resolution: Religion, secular democracy and conflict resolution in Zimbabwe, Joram Tarusarira and Gladys Ganiel; Conflict resolution and religious dimensions of armed conflicts, Isak Svensson; Women, religion, and peacebuilding, Meena Sharify-Funk and Christina J. Woolner; Religious fundamentalism and conflict, Jeffrey Haynes. Part III: Religion, International Relations and Security: Just war theory, yesterday, today and tomorrow, Paul Robinson; Pacifism, religion, and conflict, Duane Cady; Idealism at home and abroad: Muhammad Khatami’s utopian quest for a better world, Jeremy Salt; Is promoting religious freedom dangerous, Brian J. Grim. Part IV: Religion and Conflict Resolution: Religions hard and soft, Johan Galtung; Forgiveness and reconciliation: the Clonard-Fitzroy Fellowship, Ronald A. Wells; Christianity and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Megan K. Shore; Faith-based peace-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina: the case of Islamic leadership, Önder Çetin; Community-based pedagogies, religion and conflict resolution in Kaduna, Nigeria, Colette Harris. Part V: The Peacemakers: Mohandas Gandhi, Sean Scalmer; Catholic peacemaking and Pax Christi, Scott T. Kline and Megan K. Shore; Jimmy Carter: a man of political destiny, a man of theological certitude, Alexandra Mergenschroer-Livingston; It’s not about religion. And yet… Leena El-Ali; Index.

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‘Offers a fascinating perspective on religion and conflict resolution that moves beyond the “religion as the problem” approach more typical of international relations scholars. Instead the authors draw on what religious traditions have to say about peace, whilst critically exploring the limits of religious peacebuilding. Provides invaluable resources for students seeking to understand religion and politics but should also stimulate new research.’
John Anderson, University of St Andrews, UK

‘Impressive in both its depth and breadth, this book underscores the critical importance of religion in international affairs generally and in conflict resolution specifically. It adopts a needed interdisciplinary approach and makes a valuable contribution to the nascent but fast-growing field of religion and security.’
Dennis R. Hoover, The Institute for Global Engagement, USA and The Review of Faith & International Affairs

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