Holy War, Holy Peace
How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East
By (author) Marc Gopin and Adjunct Professor of International Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA)
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Holy War, Holy Peace by Marc Gopin
Book DescriptionWar has been made holy by the families of Abraham, and the monotheistic religions of those families, for many centuries. But, argues Marc Gopin, peacemaking was made holy too, through a variety of cultural and religious practices that have been virtually overlooked by scholars and activists alike. In fact, the tragic use of religion in perpetuating and inflaming the Palestinian/Israeli conflict represents only one understanding of the great Abrahamic traditions. New readings, with equally ancient roots, are now emerging, and their authors are gathering more courage to bring them before their respective communities. Marc Gopin here presents and examines these exciting new readings, and argues passionately for a far greater integration of Middle East peace processes with the religious communities of the region. The religious peoples, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, must become a part of new paradigms for coexistence between Israelies and Palestinians. And these new paradigms must include the unique ways in which monotheistic peoples develop social relations, heal old wounds, and transform enemies into allies. Drawing on his own personal experience with religious-based peace initiatives in Israel and Palestine, Gopin writes movingly of the individuals and groups that are already attempting such reconciliations. It is imperative, he says, that an alliance be forged between secular and religious methods of peacemaking. The combination of these methods, Gopin believes, will yield a rich and creative model for the reconciliation of ancient enmities among Jews, Christians and Muslims.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195146509
(241mm x 163mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Marc Gopin
Holy War, Holy Peace, Paperback (February 2005)
War has been made holy by the families of Abraham, and the monotheistic religions of those families, for many centuries. This book argues that peacemaking was made holy too, through a variety of cultural and religious practices that have been virtually overlooked by scholars and activists alike.
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This work represents an innovative attempt to integrate the study of religion with the study of conflict resolution. Marc Gopin argues that religion can play a critical role in constructing a global community of shared moral commitments and vision - a community that can limit conflict to its non-violent, constructive variety.
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Author Biography - Marc Gopin
Marc Gopin, author of Holy War, Holy Peace (Oxford, 2002), is a Senior Associate in the Preventive Diplomacy Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C, Visiting Associate Professor of International Diplomacy at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Senior Researcher at its Institute for Human Security.
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