ISBN13:978-0847685554 ISBN10: 0847685551 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0847685547 ISBN10: 0847685543
Summary: Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. Yet religion's ability to inspire violence is intimately related to its equally impressive power as a force for peace, especially in the growing number of conflicts around the world that invo
lve religious claims and religiously inspired combatants. This book explains what religious terrorists and religious peacemakers share in common, what causes them to take different paths in fighting injustice, and how a deeper understanding of religious extremism can and must be integrated more effectively into our thinking about tribal, regional, and international conflict.
Summary: Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. Yet religion's ability to inspire violence is intimately related to its equally impressive power as a force for peace, especially in the growing number of conflicts around the world that involve religious claims and religiously inspired combatants. This book explains what religious terrorists and religious peacemakers share in common, what causes them to take different paths in fighting injustice, and how a deeper understanding of religious extremism can and must be integrated more effectively into our thinking about tribal, regional, and international conflict. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:00 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc. Year Published: 2000 International: No
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Appleby, R. Scott : University of Notre Dame
R. Scott Appleby is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and serves as a fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
"In this volume [Appleby] seeks to balance the overall picture by focusing on the success stories and peacebuilding initiatives buried inside the newspapers, embedded in a largely untold past, and emerging piecemeal in the final years of this genocidal century. This is a kind of compensatory history, urgently needed in the contemporary debate, and it carries enormous implications for the way we think about religion's complex role, and undeniable potential, in preventing deadly conflict and in rebuilding communities shattered by violence."
--Theodore M. Hesburgh, from the Foreword
"Scott Appleby's book provides a timely, clear, and highly perceptive treatment of why and how religion has, especially since the end of the Cold War, gravitated to the center of the discussion of international affairs. . . . There is no doubt that this volume will be the centerpiece henceforward of an important new discussion on 'religion, violence, and reconciliation."
--David Little, United States Institute of Peace
Submitted by Publisher, October, 2001
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Introduction: Powerful Medicine
Coming to Terms with Religion
The Growing End of an Argument
Religion's Violent Accomplices
Violence as a Sacred Duty: Patterns of Religious Extremism
Militants for Peace
Reconciliation and the Politics of Forgiveness
The Logic of Religious Peacebuilding
Religion and Conflict Transformation
The Promise of Internal Pluralism: Human Rights and Religious Mission
Ambivalence as Opportunity: Strategies for Promoting Religious Peacebuilding
About the Carnegie Commission
About the Author
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