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The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Edited by R. Scott Appleby, Atalia Omer and David Little

Volume 1, issue Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780199731640
Published online March 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199731640.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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This book provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary account of the scholarship on religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. Extending that inquiry beyond its traditional parameters, the volume explores the legacies of colonialism, missionary activism, secularism, orientalism, and liberalism. While featuring case studies from diverse contexts and traditions, the volume is organized thematically, beginning with a mapping of scholarship on religion, violence, and peace. The second part scrutinizes challenges to secularist theorizing of questions of conflict transformation and broadens the discussion of violence to include an analysis of its cultural, religious, and structural forms. The third part engages contested issues such as religion’s relations to development, violent and nonviolent militancy, and the legitimate use of force; the protection of the freedom of religion in resolving conflicts; and gender as it relates to religious peacebuilding. The fourth part highlights the practice of peacebuilding through exploring constructive resources within various traditions, the transformative role of rituals, spiritual practices in the formation of peacebuilders, interfaith activism on American university campuses, the relation of religion to solidarity activism, and scriptural reasoning as a peacebuilding practice. It also offers extended reflections on the legacy of missionary peacebuilding activism and the neoliberal framing of peacebuilding schemes and agendas. The volume is innovative because the authors grapple with the tension between theory and practice, cultural theory’s critique of the historicity of the very categories informing the discussion, and the challenge that the justpeace frame makes to the liberal peace paradigm, offering elicitive, elastic, and context-specific insights for strategic peacebuilding processes.

Keywords: religion; conflict; peacebuilding; colonialism; missionary; secularism; orientalism; liberalism; religious violence; justpeace

Book.  730 pages. 

Subjects: Religion

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Religious Peacebuilding in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Religious Violence in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Religion, Peace, and the Origins of Nationalism in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Religion, Nationalism, and the Politics of Secularism in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Secular-Religious Encounters as Peacebuilding in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Structural and Cultural Violence in Religion and Peacebuilding in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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The New Name for Peace? Religion and Development as Partners in Strategic Peacebuilding in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Violent and Nonviolent Religious Militancy in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Religious Violence and State Violence in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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The Comparative Study of Ethics and the Project of the Justpeace in The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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