- The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
- Religious Peacebuilding: The Exotic, the Good, and the Theatrical
- Religious Violence: The Strong, the Weak, and the Pathological
- Religion, Peace, and the Origins of Nationalism
- Religion, Nationalism, and the Politics of Secularism
- Secular-Religious Encounters as Peacebuilding
- Structural and Cultural Violence in Religion and Peacebuilding
- The New Name for Peace? Religion and Development as Partners in Strategic Peacebuilding
- Violent and Nonviolent Religious Militancy
- Religious Violence and State Violence
- The Comparative Study of Ethics and the Project of the Justpeace
- The Place of Religious Freedom in the Structure of Peacebuilding
- Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding
- Reconciliation, Politics, and Transitional Justice
- Negotiating Secular and Religious Contributions to Social Change and Peacebuilding
- Secular Militancy as an Obstacle to Peacebuilding
- Religion and Peace in Asia
- Peacebuilding in the Muslim World
- Youth and Interfaith Conflict Transformation
- The Possibilities and Limits of Inter-Religious Dialogue
- Ritual, Religion, and Peacebuilding
- Spirituality and Religious Peacebuilding
- The Intersection of Christian Theology and Peacebuilding
- Religious Communities and Possibilities for Justpeace
- Religion, Nationalism, and Solidarity Activism
- Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Synthetic Remarks
Abstract and Keywords
The questions animating this chapter revolve around how and why the Palestine trope is invoked so effectively in other contexts, with the goal of scrutinizing the discourses that inform its perceived uniqueness. How does Palestine construed as a utopia echo the rhetorical representation of Israel? What are the implications of making national causes symbols of peace and justice? Is the symbolization of Israel-Palestine unique or indicative of broader patterns? The chapter explores these questions through a comparative consideration of the case of Tibet. Using the discursive tool of orientalism, it then exposes limitations of realist and value-essentialist approaches to analyzing the role of cultural affinities in conflict. It develops a typology of diaspora nationalism that explores how “home” and “diasporas”—real or perceived—transform geography into a utopia or landscape of devotion. Finally, it relates solidarity activism and diasporas to peacebuilding, religion, and nationalism more broadly.
Atalia Omer is an Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her PhD from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her research interests include the theoretical study of the interrelation between religion and nationalism; religion, nationalism, and peacebuilding; the role of national/religious/ethnic diasporas in the dynamics of conflict transformation and peace; multiculturalism as a framework for conflict transformation and as a theory of justice; the role of subaltern narratives in reimagining questions of peace and justice; intra-group dialogue and the contestation of citizenship in ethno-religious national contexts; innovation and reframing of religious traditions in response to empathy with others’ sufferings; and the symbolic appropriation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in other zones of conflict. Her first book, When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice (University Of Chicago Press, 2013), examines the way the Israeli peace camp addresses interrelationships between religion, ethnicity, and nationality and how it interprets justice vis-à-vis the Palestinian conflict. The book highlights how hybrid identities may provide creative resources for peacebuilding, especially in ethno-religious national conflicts where political agendas are informed by particularistic and often purist conceptions of identity.
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