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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs$
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Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827978

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.001.0001

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What Religion Offers for the Politics of Transitional Justice

What Religion Offers for the Politics of Transitional Justice

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(p.149) 9 } What Religion Offers for the Politics of Transitional Justice
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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs
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Daniel Philpott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.003.0010

Over the past generation, a global wave of countries have undertaken what has come to be known as transitional justice—efforts to address the injustices of a past period of civil war, genocide, or dictatorship, whether through trials, truth commissions, reparations, apologies, forgiveness, or the building of memorials and monuments. The religious have played a pivotal role in developing and spreading a paradigm for transitional justice—reconciliation—that they espouse disproportionately though not exclusively. But what kind of influence have the religious and the paradigm of reconciliation actually had in the politics of transitional justice? And what factors make certain religious actors influential? This chapter looks closely at religious actors' efforts to shape official policies, especially governments' choices for truth commissions or trials.

Keywords:   transitional justice, reconciliation, religious actors, truth commissions, trials

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