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Christianity and Torture  

Karen L. King

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter considers the religious justifications for and against torture. It also describes the torturous narratives at Christianity's foundations, the notion of redemptive martyrdom, ... More

Colonialism  

A. Dirk Moses

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
A long tradition of scholarship has posited colonialism and ‘racial imperialism’ as an enabler of the genocide against European Jewry, though often in imprecise ways. In response, critics ... More

The Comparative Study of Ethics and the Project of the Justpeace  

John Kelsay

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter focuses on the role of the comparative study of ethics in peacebuilding. The argument proceeds as follows. First, comparative ethics is presented primarily as a hermeneutical ... More

Conflicts over Sacred Ground  

Ron E. Hassner

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter argues that contested sacred sites pose indivisibility challenges which can drive even natural religious allies into violent conflict, and also outlines the multiple roots of ... More

Human Rights Law  

David H. Jones

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article assesses the aftereffects of the Holocaust on human rights law. Addressing the so-called ‘promise of Nuremberg’, which began in 1945 with the Charter of the International ... More

The Intersection of Christian Theology and Peacebuilding  

Heather M. DuBois and Janna Hunter-Bowman

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter argues that without explicit, theoretically robust, and practically grounded theological reflection, scholarship and practice tend to neglect significant dimensions of ... More

Judaism and Criminal Justice  

Laurie L. Levenson

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter explores Jewish criminal justice, first discussing the rationales that make punishment moral and not just an exercise of sovereign power. It then addresses capital punishment, ... More

Just War and Legal Restraints  

John Kelsay

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter offers an older notion of just war, particularly as it developed in relation to the changing place of Christianity in Europe and North America. The just war idea presents a way ... More

Nationalism  

Eric D. Weitz

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
National Socialism sought a radical restructuring of the European population. The drive to assert German domination over the continent entailed not only territorial conquest and political ... More

Negotiating Secular and Religious Contributions to Social Change and Peacebuilding  

Marc Gopin

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
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 ... More

The New Name for Peace? Religion and Development as Partners in Strategic Peacebuilding  

R. Scott Appleby

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter compares the fields of development and peacebuilding, with an eye to exploring affinities as well as areas of resistance to collaboration. It identifies the following points of ... More

Peacebuilding in the Muslim World  

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter argues that effective peacebuilding strategies in Muslim contexts should engage Islamic conceptions of peace and justice, and work together with credible agents of peace, ... More

The Place of Religious Freedom in the Structure of Peacebuilding  

W. Cole Durham Jr. and Elizabeth A. Clark

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter analyzes the role that the fundamental right to freedom of religion or belief plays in ending or averting religious warfare, and in providing necessary footings for ... More

The Possibilities and Limits of Inter-Religious Dialogue  

Peter Ochs

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter reports on a twenty-year experiment in “scriptural reasoning,” a type of inter-religious dialogue that emerges from places of maximal warmth and potential fire—“hearths”—within ... More

Reconciliation, Politics, and Transitional Justice  

Daniel Philpott

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
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, ... More

Religion and Peace in Asia  

Peter van der Veer, Tam Ngo, and Dan Smyer Yu

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This chapter argues that non-Christian Asian traditions contribute perspectives on peacebuilding that are different from those offered by major Western traditions. Peacebuilding, like ... More

Religion and Political Violence  

Monica Duffy Toft

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which describes why religion is resurging in the political sphere and the conditions under which religion is most likely to cause troubling violence, also places the source of ... More

Religion and Violence from a Political Science Perspective  

Daniel Philpott

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter presents an account for religious violence, and also evaluates institutional independence and political theology more carefully. Then, it uses these two factors to elaborate ... More

Religion in the Balkan Wars  

Vjekoslav Perica

This article examines the roles of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church in Croatia, and the Islamic religious authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1991–1995 war inWestern ... More

Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Synthetic Remarks  

Atalia Omer

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Mar 2015
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Mar 2015
This synthetic chapter describes the contributions to the Oxford Handbook on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, putting them in tension with one another through a consideration of ... More

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