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Religion and Human RightsAn Introduction$
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John Witte and M. Christian Green

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733453.001.0001

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Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace

Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace

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(p.346) 21 Religion, Violence, and the Right to Peace
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Religion and Human Rights
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R. Scott Appleby

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733453.003.0021

This chapter examines religion in relation to violence and the right to peace. More specifically, it considers whether there is a right to peace and whether it is upheld by religions. It also discusses the reputation of modern religion as a major social and political obstacle to the full realization of human rights. Finally, it assesses the odds that religions will succeed in building and maintaining a religious obligation to peacebuilding that would validate and enforce a right to peace, along with the question of which religious actors will prevail in a given society.

Keywords:   religion, violence, right to peace, human rights, peacebuilding

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