- 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
This chapter describes the role of religious ritual in the process of peacebuilding. It looks at the role of ritual in traditional religions and then examines how specific religious leaders use rituals and even develop new ones in order to foster reconciliation or transformation to support peace. Peacebuilding requires both ritual and rational approaches. Drawing on a wide set of interdisciplinary research on ritual, the chapter identifies distinct types and characteristics of ritual that support peacebuilding. Ritual does not offer a simple method for categorizing and analyzing conflict. Its symbolism and reliance on nonverbal methods of communication make it useful to peacebuilding precisely because there are so many irrational elements of conflict.
Lisa Schirch is Director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Research Professor at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has worked in more than twenty countries and has authored five books in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Schirch holds a BA in international relations from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and an MS and PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.
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