Religion and Political Conflict: From Dialectics to Cross-Domain Charting
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"Marian Simion has created a masterful analysis of religion and conflict that breaks ground on two levels. One, it marks a major departure in engagement of the intellectual world of Orthodox Christianity with the subject of religion and the origins of conflict. This is a vital need today, as we, in conflict analysis and resolution, need the input of every culture into the process of building theory and practice, and Simion s work extends dramatically the reach of our field into engagement with the Eastern Churches. Secondly, Simion brings a unique analytic ability to map our very complicated field of conflict analysis and bring that mapping to bear in a way that is relevant for both conflict analysis and resolution, as well as political science. This is a major contribution." - Dr. Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.
"This book takes on one of the most perennial issues in history-the role of religion in conflicts. It attempts to build a more comprehensive approach to the subject through a very rich and stimulating analysis of collective violence in both fields of religious studies and political science. The book provides political scientists with functional insights for a deeper understanding o the role of religion in collective violence. Policymakers will also get practical guidance from this book on how to act in the real political world ridden with conflicts." - Dr. Yoon Young-kwan, Director of Korea Peace Institute, Professor o International Political Economy, Seoul National University, formerly Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea
"This innovative study of collective violence marks a new and welcome stage of specialization among scholars of religion, conflict and peace in two ways. First, Marian Simion has deftly integrated social scientific and religious studies methods in such a way as to overcome the major limitations of each (the reductive empiricism of the former, the tendency toward abstraction of the latter.) Second, he has deftly applied this more comprehensive and supple unified method to a particular case: Orthodox Christianity. The felicitous result is a new model for untangling the knotty problem of religious agency in, and responsibility for, deadly conflicts, as well as their resolution." - By Dr. Scott Appleby, Professor of History & John M. Regan, Jr. Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
"Religion both makes and unmakes violence. Efforts to understand why this is the case often fail to comprehend the complexity either of the phenomenon of religion or the phenomenon of collective violence. Religion is never just religion; it is always a combination of formal assertions, patterns of piety, ethnic affinities and identities, and internal disagreements. Collective violence is never just one thing, either; it engages cultural systems, national systems, ethnic systems, personal action, group action, and more. Because of the complexity, the study of religion and collective violence can only be addressed from multiple perspectives. This volume provides both a thoughtful thesis about the realities at work when religion becomes a participant in violence and a map of the multiple disciplinary locations that must be visited in order to understand what is happening. People of faith cannot be silent about violence, and Religion and Political Conflict provides an intellectually robust resource for their understanding of what is going on and how to act faithfully in response." - Dr. Daniel O. Aleshire, Executive Director, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, The Commission on Accrediting