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The Interaction Between Religion and Culture in Peace and Conflict

Marc Gopin

in Holy War, Holy Peace

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146509
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146506.003.0001
The Interaction Between Religion and Culture in Peace and Conflict

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This introductory chapter highlights the role of culture and religion (which, for purposes of this book is treated as a subset of cultural phenomena) in conflict generation and peacemaking. The importance of cross‐religious study is also emphasized, particularly in the case of religions with very complex origins such as the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity) in which interrelatedness betrays the causes of rivalry and historical conflict, and the chapter also uncovers places for conflict resolution and peacemaking by discovering points of convergence. The aim of the book is to discover the deeper roots of the Middle East conflict and to apply them to the challenges and possibilities for future Palestine–Israel relations.

Keywords: Abrahamic faiths; Christianity; conflict; conflict resolution; culture; Islam; Israel; Judaism; Palestine; peacemaking; religion; religious conflict; religious history

Chapter.  1927 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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