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Quaker Peacemaking in Theory and Practice

Nancy Gallagher

in Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789774161056
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970177 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.003.0002
Quaker Peacemaking in Theory and Practice

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The Quaker approach to conflict resolution has entailed listening to grievances and, to avoid unnecessary publicity, working behind the scenes to foster communication between the hostile parties. Quakers believe that there is something of God in everyone, that all people have the capacity for love and goodness, and that more can be accomplished by appealing to this capacity than by threatening punishment or retaliation. They do not deny the existence of evil, but believe that the most effective way of combating it is not with armed force. They strive to build relationships and political structures that can contain and resolve conflict and to abstain from relationships and political structures that are unjust and exploitative. Most Quakers are committed pacifists who oppose both the chauvinism of nationalist movements and militant revolutionary movements that seek to destroy the old order in favor of the new.

Keywords: Quaker approach; goodness; build relationship; political structures; chauvinism

Chapter.  7509 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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