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date: 25 January 2020

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This chapter articulates reconciliation as an ethic of peacebuilding and demonstrates how it is rooted in religious traditions. It shows how the texts and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam support this ethic, though it might well be grounded in other traditions as well. It then applies the ethic to the political sphere and situates it in the context of transitional justice, describing the practices that make up the ethic. The chapter shows how reconciliation both overlaps and contrasts with the liberal peace, the globally dominant paradigm of justice in the wake of massive violence. Finally, it suggests that forgiveness, the practice that most stands in tension with the liberal peace and is most emblematic of religious reconciliation, is a promising avenue for future research in this area.

Keywords: reconciliation, peacebuilding, liberal peace, transitional justice, forgiveness

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