New PDF release: Can Faiths Make Peace?: Holy Wars and the Resolution of

By Philip Broadhead, Damien Keown

ISBN-10: 1435612302

ISBN-13: 9781435612303

ISBN-10: 1845112768

ISBN-13: 9781845112769

It is usually alleged that faith is an immense explanation for struggle and dissent. background is plagued by the wreckage of spiritual clash, from the crusades onwards, and it's usually maintained that it truly is faith that is the tinderbox that ignites such a lot of neighborhood disputes - from Bosnia's ethnic detoxification to the continued clash in Iraq. If faith is on trial, the proof opposed to it so frequently turns out damning. yet is the image quite as grim as has been painted? little or no is heard in defence of faith and few makes an attempt were made to place the opposite facet of the case. The essays during this quantity are one of the first systematically to discover the position of faith as a strength for peace, either traditionally and within the modern international. They specialise in the efforts which have been made via participants, groups and non secular teams to safe conflict-resolution and substitute hostility with tolerance and mutual admire. particular issues explored comprise: nationalism and spiritual clash; revolution and spiritual wars; the impression of secularisation; ethnicity and faith; clash over holy locations; and making and holding the peace.

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That it is difficult to imagine how peacemaking can succeed. Often it is only when the fires of conflict seem to have exhausted themselves and people recognize that they cannot achieve their goals through violence alone, that they can listen to the claims being made by others. Through the power of the global media people around the world are positioned as witnesses of horrors that a previous generation would only have been able to hear or read about later, when the conflict had moved on. It was the attention of the world’s media and the continual resistance of the Palestinians against occupation that forced the Israeli government to consider withdrawing from the settlements in Gaza in August 2005.

A poem by the Israeli writer Shin Shalom, born in Poland 1904, swears reconciliation with Ishmael, Abraham’s son and Isaac’s brother, as well as the PEACEMAKING AND SUFFERING 35 recognition of shared roots in the revelation of Sinai and the diverse paths traditions have taken. Ishmael, my brother, How long shall we might each other? My brother from times bygone, My brother, Hagar’s son, My brother, the wandering one. One angel was sent to us both, One angel watched over our growthThere in the wilderness, death threatening through thirst, I a sacrifice on the altar, Sarah’s first.

18 22 CAN FAITHS MAKE PEACE? Furthermore, as well as creating a workforce fit for service in a modern industrial society, teaching the population to apply Islam to everyday life – or ‘putting Islam to work’ in the title of Starrett’s book – has had, other, unforeseen consequences. ’19 According to Starrett, this functionalization of Islamic discourse for opposition political purposes would not have been possible without its prior functionalization within the state education system. 21 As a result, while the authority of the traditional ulama (religious scholars) has not been entirely undermined – and indeed surveys suggest that trust in the ulama remains higher than that in most state or commercial institutions – the whole field of religious authority has been substantially reconfigured.

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