Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation: Northern Ireland and Beyond (Hardback)
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Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation: Northern Ireland and Beyond (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 16/02/2017
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Religious dimension of contemporary conflicts and the rise of faith-based movements worldwide require policymakers to identify the channels through which religious leaders can play a constructive role. While religious fundamentalisms are in the news every day, we do not hear about the potential and actual role of religious actors in creating a peaceful and just society. Countering this trend, Sandal draws attention to how religious actors helped prepare the ground for stabilizing political initiatives, ranging from abolition of apartheid (South Africa), to the signing of the Lome Peace Agreement (Sierra Leone). Taking Northern Ireland as a basis and using declarations and speeches of more than forty years, this book builds a new perspective that recognizes the religious actors' agency, showing how religious actors can have an impact on public opinion and policymaking in today's world.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107161719
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm


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'The complexities of the Troubles have long been a source of concern for scholars. Sandal's in depth and nuanced inquiry into the role of religious actors in helping to end the conflict in Northern Ireland is a ground-breaking work which takes our knowledge significantly forward. It should be read by all with an interest in conflict, conflict resolution and peace-making.' Jeffrey Haynes, Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University
'Demonstrating that religious communities were indispensable for bringing about peace in Northern Ireland, Nukhet A. Sandal's book is innovative at two levels. Unlike most political scientists and peace scholars, she shows that religion is indispensable for political processes. Unlike many of the political scientists who do study religious actors, she shows that the influence of these actors lies in their very religious convictions. Carefully argued and thoroughly evidenced, including through extensive conversations with these very actors, Sandal's study promises to change the conversation about religion, politics, and peace.' Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame and author of Just and Unjust Peace
'How do religious leaders promote ideas about peace? Sandal shows that they are knowledge producers, engaged in public theology capable of transforming conflicts. Her research is empirically rich, compelling, and exciting, a fascinating contribution to the study of religion and current affairs.' Ron Hassner, University of California, Berkeley and author of Religion on the Battlefield

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