This book looks at five intractable conflicts and explores the possibility of drawing on religion as a force for peace. It builds upon the insights from ICRD Founder/President Emeritus, Dr. Douglas Johnston’s landmark book, Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft (OUP, 1994) – which examined the role that religious or spiritual factors can play in preventing or resolving conflict – while achieving social change based on justice and reconciliation. The world-class authors writing in this volume suggest how the peacemaking tenets of five major world religions can be strategically applied in ongoing conflicts in which those religions are involved. Finally, the commonalities and differences between these religions are examined with an eye toward further applications in peacemaking and conflict resolution.

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