How do faith-based organizations influence the work of transnational peacebuilding, development, and human rights advocacy? How is the political role of such organizations informed by their religious ideas and practices?
This book investigates this set of questions by examining how three transnational faith-based organizations-Religions for Peace, the Taize Community, and International Justice Mission-conceptualize their own religious practices, values, and identities, and how those acts and ideas inform their political goals and strategies. The book demonstrates the political importance of prayer in the work of transnational faith-based organizations, specifically in areas of conflict resolution, post-conflict integration, agenda setting, and in constituting narratives about justice and reconciliation. It also evaluates the distinctive strategies that faith-based organizations employ to navigate religious difference. A central goal of the book is to propose a new way to study "religion" in international politics, by actively questioning and reflecting on what it means for an act, idea, or community to be "religious."
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 230 x 151 x 19 mm
Schwarz's reflexive analysis of the motivations and practices of faith based organizations sets a new standard for interpretivist research on religion and politics. This book seeks to uncover how these organizations understand their own values and identities and how these, in turn, shape their strategies. Schwarz teaches us not only about religious identity, prayer, and transnational peacebuilding, but about what nuanced international relations research on religion should look like. -- Ron E. Hassner, author of Religion on the Battlefield
The issue of the impact of transnational faith-based organisations is both topical and controversial. Tanya B. Schwarz examines transnational faith-based organisations in a particularly controversial and topical context: do such entities 'do good' or are they more likely to 'do harm'? Her perceptive, timely and well-researched book examines an interesting phenomenon: transnational faith-based peacebuilding entities. It will be read with profit by anyone who wishes to understand more about this interesting and under-researched phenomenon. -- Jeffrey Haynes, Professor of Politics, London Metropolitan University