Abstract and Keywords
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 larger orienting themes. One such theme is the tension between the liberal peace and justpeace paradigms. Another orienting thread in this synthesis is a more expansive interpretation of violence and the relevance of not only direct and acute violence but also structural and cultural modes of violence to the analysis of religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. A related dimension of an expansive interpretation of religion and violence invites a discussion of the tool of discursive critique and scrutiny of the conventional categories informing theorizing about religion and political violence. Finally, the chapter discusses some of the tension emerging in the field between theory and practice as well as between global and local meanings, agendas, and theories of change. The synthesis proceeds with a careful effort to locate the contributions within a broader landscape of debates about modernism, secularism, and the so-called resurgence of religion.
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