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Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics$
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Thomas Banchoff

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323405.001.0001

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Building Sustainable Peace: The Roles of Local and Transnational Religious Actors

Building Sustainable Peace: The Roles of Local and Transnational Religious Actors

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(p.125) 6 Building Sustainable Peace: The Roles of Local and Transnational Religious Actors
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Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics
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R. Scott Appleby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323405.003.0006

This chapter takes up the question of peacebuilding: the construction of a sustainable peace in societies divided or threatened by deadly conflict. It examines three cases spanning three religious traditions and three parts of the world: the Catholic lay movement of Sant’Egidio’s engagement in Africa; Buddhist activism in support of human rights in Cambodia; and religious engagement in both Sunni and Shiite Muslims across the war-torn Middle East. An exploration of these cases points to the central role of core ethical convictions in driving the pursuit of peace.

Religious groups have also grown more adept at collaborating with secular actors—international organizations, governments, and NGOs—in advancing a peacebuilding agenda.

Keywords:   peacebuilding, peace, ethics, Buddhism, Islam, Middle East, civil war

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