Bridge Or Barrier: Religion, Violence, and Visions for Peace

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Brill, 2005 - Architecture - 392 pages
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The book discusses the transformative role of religion in situations of violent conflict. It considers both the constructive and destructive sides of religious belief and particularly explores ways in which religion(s) may contribute to transforming conflict into peace. This volume analyses the role of religion in its current manifestations and provides alternative views of it. It is concerned with the role of religion as a source of conflict that often takes violent forms, thus contributing significantly to current problems. Attention also focuses on questions of peace from the perspective of the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A number of essays actualize a vision for peace based on religion and situate visions for peace in the wider context of human security. All chapters consider the policy implications of the theoretical and practical perspectives offered on questions of conflict and peace. The most important documents that have emerged from a variety of religious groups, notably those represented in the book, outlining their view on issues of peace and human rights are collected here, showing how religious believers have engaged with questions similar to those suggested by the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Gerrie ter Haar Ph.D. (Utrecht), is Professor of Religion, Human Rights and Social Change at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She is the author of several books. Her latest work is Worlds of Power: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa (2004). She co-edited The Freedom to Do God's Will:Religious Fundamentalism and Social Change(Routledge 2003).James Busuttil, D.Phil. (Oxford), J.D. (N.Y.U. School of Law), was Associate Professor of International Law and Organization at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He is now Directorn of the University of London's external Master of Laws Programme. He co-edited The Freedom to Do God's Will: Religious Fundamentalism and Social Change (Routledge, 2003).