Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans
Religion as a Conversation Starter is the first comprehensive analysis of the present state of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding in Southeast Europe. It is based on empirically grounded and policy-oriented research, carried out throughout the Balkans. The study maps recent interreligious relations in this part of the world, throwing light on both the achievements and challenges of interreligious dialogue for peacebuilding in particular, and offering a set of up-to-date policy recommendations, whilst contributing to a greater understanding of the local particularities and how they relate to broader trends transnationally. Interreligious dialogue has been a central tool in the continuous international efforts to promote peaceful living together in multicultural and multireligious societies. This fascinating monograph explores the place of interreligious dialogue as a primary method in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and will be of interest to scholars of religious and peace studies, as well as those who advocate and carry out organized interventions in religion-related spheres.
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Chapter 4Major Achievements and Challenges in Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans
Chapter 5Policy Recommendations
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actors Albanian applied academic study approach Balkans Bektashi Belgrade Bosnia Bosnia-Herzegovina Bulgaria Bulgarian Orthodox Church cent Center challenges Christian confessional conﬂict resolution Croatia Croats cultural deﬁned deﬁnition dialogue for peacebuilding difﬁcult ecumenical ethnic example ﬁrst ﬁve funding grassroots groups important inﬂuence initiatives intemational interactions interethnic interfaith interreligious cooperation Interreligious Council interreligious dialogue activities interreligious peacebuilding interreligious relations Interview IRFR Islamic Islamic Community Jim Cairns Kosovo Macedonia Macedonian Orthodox Church Merdjanova Montenegro mosque Muslims nationalist NGOs ofﬁce ofﬁcial one’s organizations Osijek participants particularly Peace peacebuilding activities Perica policy recommendation political post-communist practice of interreligious programmes promote reconciliation reﬂect region religious education religious leaders religious studies religious traditions role Roman Catholic Church Romania Romanian Orthodox Church Sarajevo scholars Serbian Orthodox Church Serbs signiﬁcant Skopje social society speciﬁc study of religions subﬁeld tensions theology tolerance understanding various WCRP World worldviews Yugoslavia