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Religion and Peacebuilding
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In the wake of September 11, 2001 religion is often seen as the motivating force behind terrorism and other acts of violence. Religion and Peacebuilding looks beyond headlines concerning violence perpetrated in the name of religion to examine how world religions have also inspired social welfare and peacemaking activism. Leading scholars from the Aboriginal, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions provide detailed analyses of the spiritual resources for fostering peace within their respective religions. The contributors discuss the formidable obstacles to nonviolent conflict transformation found within sacred texts and living traditions. Case studies of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Cambodia, and South Africa are also examined as practical applications of spiritual resources for peace.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. RELIGION AND PEACEBUILDING
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1. A Moment of Opportunity?: The Promise of Religious Peacebuilding in an Era of Religious and Ethnic Conflict
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. PART I: Spiritual Resources within Religions for Peacebuilding
  2. p. 25
  1. 2. In Search of the White Path: American Indian Peacebuilding
  2. pp. 27-43
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  1. 3. Hinduism and Peacebuilding
  2. pp. 45-68
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  1. 4. Missed Opportunities: Buddhism and the Ethnic Strife in Sri Lanka and Tibet
  2. pp. 69-92
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  1. 5. Confucianism and Peacebuilding
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. 6. Judaism and Peacebuilding
  2. pp. 111-127
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  1. 7. Islam and Peacebuilding: Continuities and Transitions
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. 8. Christianity and Peacebuilding
  2. pp. 147-166
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  1. PART II: Case Studies in Religion and Peacebuilding
  2. p. 167
  1. 9. Creating Spaces: Interreligious Initiatives for Peace
  2. pp. 169-189
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  1. 10. Case Studies in Religion and Peacebuilding: Cambodia
  2. pp. 191-211
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  1. 11. History Unrequited: Religion as Provocateur and Peacemaker in the Bosnian Conflict
  2. pp. 213-242
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  1. 12. Truth and Reconciliation: The South Africa Case
  2. pp. 243-260
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  1. 13. Northern Ireland: Religion and the Peace Process
  2. pp. 261-278
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  1. 14. Religious Peacebuilding: From Potential to Action
  2. pp. 279-301
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  1. LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 303-308
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 309-320
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