Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolutionby David Little
Pub. Date: 08/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Just a quick look at the news headlines on any given day is a powerful reminder that devastating armed conflicts worldwide are destroying lives and whole communities often in the name of religion. Hidden in the news, if reported on at all, are the brave religious leaders in these zones of violence, working to bring peace and reconciliation to their people. These
Just a quick look at the news headlines on any given day is a powerful reminder that devastating armed conflicts worldwide are destroying lives and whole communities often in the name of religion. Hidden in the news, if reported on at all, are the brave religious leaders in these zones of violence, working to bring peace and reconciliation to their people. These inspiring men and women offer critical insights and skills for addressing today's most urgent conflicts. But their stories are rarely told. Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution shares the experiences of 16 such remarkable religious peacemakers who have put their lives on the line in conflicts around the world from Israel-Palestine to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sudan, South Africa, El Salvador, Indonesia and beyond. For each of them, religious texts and traditions have served both as a source of inspiration and as a practical resource in resolv ing conflict. These grassroots peacemakers are powerful, but underutilized actors for resolving some of the world's most horrifying conflicts. As such, this book contains timely information for diplomats, government officials, and resolution practitioners, as well as today's students of religion and international affairs, our future peacemakers. And in a world where religion-based conflict affects us all, this book provides critical lessons and much-needed hope for each of us.
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Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction Richard C. Holbrooke: 1. The peacemakers in action Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; Part II. Case Studies: 2. Peasant power Jose Alas; 3. Men who walked the street The Rev Dr Roy Magee and Father Alex Reid; 4. Would you shoot me, you idiot? Father Ivo Markovic; 5. The Cybermonk Father Sava Janjic; 6. The Elder Dr Ephraim Isaac; 7. The power of ritual the Rev. Dr William Lowrey; 8. The nonviolent deputy Minister of Defense Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge; 9. Warriors and brothers Imam Muhammad Ashafa and The Rev. James Wuye; 10. The power of organization Alimamy Koroma; 11. Israel and Palestine, a history: I am Palestinian, Arab, Christian and Israeli Abuna Elias Chacour; The Settler who Spoke with Arafat Rabbi Menachem Froman; An Open House Yehezkel Landau; 12. Underground woman Sakena Yacoobi and the Afghan Institute of Learning; 13. Toward a Zone of Peace The Rev Benny Giay; Part III. Conclusion: 14. Religion, Violent Conflict and peacemaking Dr David Little; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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This book provides thirteen case studies of ongoing conflict resolution from around our globe (for example: Northern Ireland, South Africa, Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Indonesia). It provides a blueprint for working toward peace from the grassroots level in countries, some of which are still struggling with the vestiges of colonialism. Each case study provides maps,demographic data, type of government, etc. with a brief history of the country, the source(s) of conflict and strategies used for intervention. At the end of each case study there are, for example, "peace documents" that were accepted by players in the process or processes that work locally but have regioinal and national implications. One need not be "religious" to enjoy this book. This is a "must read" for our turbulent times in this global community.