The Complex Reality of Religious Peacebuilding: Conceptual Contributions and Critical Analysis (Google eBook)

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Lexington Books, Aug 20, 2010 - Religion - 284 pages
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This insightful book focuses on the multifaceted subject of sustainable religious peacebuilding. Katrien Hertog discusses the ways in which religious actors can utilize resources to prevent violent conflict from occurring, reduce conflict when it does happen, and rebuild bridges between sides in after conflict has ceased. She examines the emergence of the field of religious peacebuilding, developing a conceptual framework that outlines how aspects of religious organizations can contribute to effectual peacebuilding and creating a screening model that allows readers to analyze the resources and obstacles to peacebuilding in-depth. Using the Russia and the Orthodox Church as a major case study, Hertog clearly shows what the concrete resources for peace are, how they are applied, what obstacles are hindering their realization, and how these resources can be better utilized and supported. This book tackles the controversial issue of the place of religion and religious organizations in the peace process. While recognizing that no simple answer exists in solving ethnic, religious, and tribal conflict, Hertog presents the ways religion can be used to create lasting, sustainable peace.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE DEVELOPMENT OF RELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING
1
CHAPTER 2 CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK OF RELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING
41
A Case Study of the Russian Orthodox Church
127
CONCLUSIONS
211
NOTES
221
BIBLIOGRAPHY
249
INDEX
259
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About the author (2010)

Katrien Hertog is a research fellow with the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason Unviersity. She is also director of the Peace Programs for the International Art of Living Foundation and the Prison SMART Europe Program.

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