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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter challenges the alleged differences between liberal peace and religious peacebuilding. The seeming division between the two arises in part from the lack of acknowledgment of religious conflict analysis and conflict resolution, both in and out of government, which has harmed the global capacity to respond constructively to destructive conflicts. It is also due to historical and personal Western tendencies to see secularity and religiosity as bifurcated realities. Some practitioners and analysts of conflict resolution can remedy this problem by examining their own experience with combinations of secular and religious motivations and practices, and the challenges they have faced as a result. This chapter examines in particular the attempts of one practitioner to engage in a creative tension of critiquing religion, advocating attention to it, and experimenting with forms of conflict resolution that draw on both religious and secular Western legacies.

Keywords: conflict resolution, conflict analysis, liberal peace, religious peacebuilding, peacebuilding, human rights, conflict resolution practice, Enlightenment, Syria

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