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Between terror and tolerance : religious leaders, conflict, and peacemaking

Format: Print Book 2011
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Civil war and conflict within countries is the most prevalent threat to peace and security in the opening decades of the twenty-first century. A pivotal factor in the escalation of tensions to open conflict is the role of elites in exacerbating tensions along identity lines by giving the ideological justification, moral reasoning, and call to violence. Between Terror and Tolerance examines the varied roles of religious leaders in societies deeply divided by ethnic, racial, or religious conflict. The chapters in this book explore cases when religious leaders have justified or catalyzed violence along identity lines, and other instances when religious elites have played a critical role in easing tensions or even laying the foundation for peace and reconciliation.

This volume features thematic chapters on the linkages between religion, nationalism, and intolerance, transnational intra-faith conflict in the Shi'a-Sunni divide, and country case studies of societal divisions or conflicts in Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Tajikistan. The concluding chapter explores the findings and their implications for policies and programs of international non-governmental organizations that seek to encourage and enhance the capacity of religious leaders to play a constructive role in conflict resolution.

Introduction: religious leaders, conflict, and peacemaking / Timothy D. Sisk
Religion, nationalism, and intolerance / David Little
Religious leaders, sectarianism, and the Sunni-Shi'a divide in Islam / Nader Hashemi
Between intolerance and coexistence: the Vatican, Maronites, and the war in Lebanon / George Emile Irani
Globalization, religion, and nationalism in Israel and Palestine / Micheline Ishay
Egypt and the legacy of sectarianism / Scott W. Hibbard
Religion, war, and peacekeeping in Sudan: Shari'a, identity politics, and human rights / Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Nigeria's religious leaders in an age of radicalism and neoliberalism / Rosalind I. J. Hackett
Just enough to hate
not enough to love: religious leaders in Northern Ireland / Mari Fitzduff
Religion, war, and peace in Tajikistan / Karina Korostelina
The spoiler and the reconciler: Buddhism and the peace process in Sri Lanka / Susan Hayward
Piety and politics: religious leadership and the conflict in Kashmir / Sumit Ganguly and Praveen Swami
Conclusion: From terror to tolerance to coexistence in deeply divided societies / Timothy D. Sisk.

Additional Information
Subjects Political violence -- Religious aspects -- Case studies.
Violence -- Religious aspects -- Case studies.
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Case studies.
Toleration -- Religious aspects -- Case studies.
Terror -- Religious aspects -- Case studies.
Religion and politics -- Case studies.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :Georgetown University Press,2011
Contributors Sisk, Timothy D., 1960-
Language English
Description viii, 270 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781589017825 (pbk. : alk. paper)
158901782X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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