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Religion and Peacebuilding
Religion and Peacebuilding
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Harold Coward - Editor
Gordon S. Smith - Editor
SUNY Series in Religious Studies
Price: $73.50 
Hardcover - 328 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-5933-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5933-1

Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 328 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-5934-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5934-8

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Acknowledging that religion can motivate both violence and compassion, this book looks at how a variety of world religions can and do build peace.

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.

"This book grows on you and merits more than a quick read. Due to its scope, it offers an abundance of useful insights and ramifications. There can be no doubt as to the significance of this book." — Robert D. Baird, editor of Religion in Modern India

The book's recommendations to political, religious, and non-governmental leaders 'who seek to take initiatives to promote peace' are of profound significance and provide guidelines toward appropriate action in some of the most entrenched conflict areas of the world." — Robert M. Garvin, University at Albany, State University of New York

Contributors include R. Scott Appleby, Andrea Bartoli, Judith A. Berling, H. Russel Botman, Judy Carter, Harold Coward, Frederick M. Denny, Diane D'Souza, Rajmohan Gandhi, Marc Gopin, Patrick Grant, Douglas M. Johnston, David Little, Catherine Morris, Eva K. Neumaier, Michelene E. Pesantubbee, and Gordon S. Smith.

Harold Coward is with the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria and is the author and editor of many books, including most recently Yoga and Psychology: Language, Memory, and Mysticism, also published by SUNY Press. Gordon S. Smith is Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria and the author and editor of many books, including (with Daniel Wolfish) Who Is Afraid of the State?: Canada in a World of Multiple Centres of Power.

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Table of Contents

Harold Coward and Gordon S. Smith

1. A Moment of Opportunity? The Promise of Religious Peacebuilding in an Era of Religious and Ethnic Conflict
David Little and Scott Appleby


2. In Search of the White Path: American Indian Peacebuilding
Michelene E. Pesantubbee

3. Hinduism and Peacebuilding
Rajmohan Gandhi

4. Missed Opportunities: Buddhism and the Ethnic Strife in Sri Lanka and Tibet
Eva K. Neumaier

5. Confucianism and Peacebuilding
Judith A. Berling

6. Judaism and Peacebuilding
Marc Gopin

7. Islam and Peacebuilding: Continuities and Transitions
Frederick M. Denny

8. Christianity and Peacebuilding
Andrea Bartoli


9. Creating Spaces: Interreligious Initiatives for Peace
Diane D’Souza

10. Case Studies in Religion and Peacebuilding: Cambodia
Catherine Morris

11. History Unrequited: Religion as Provocateur and Peacemaker in the Bosnian Conflict
Douglas M. Johnston and Jonathon Eastvold

12. Truth and Reconciliation: The South Africa Case
H. Russel Botman

13. Northern Ireland: Religion and the Peace Process
Patrick Grant

14. Religious Peacebuilding: From Potential to Action
Judy Carter and Gordon S. Smith

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