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Holy War, Holy PeaceHow Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East$
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Marc Gopin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195146506.001.0001

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The Interaction Between Religion and Culture in Peace and Conflict

The Interaction Between Religion and Culture in Peace and Conflict

(p.3) 1 The Interaction Between Religion and Culture in Peace and Conflict
Holy War, Holy Peace

Marc Gopin

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter highlights the role of culture and religion (which, for purposes of this book is treated as a subset of cultural phenomena) in conflict generation and peacemaking. The importance of cross‐religious study is also emphasized, particularly in the case of religions with very complex origins such as the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity) in which interrelatedness betrays the causes of rivalry and historical conflict, and the chapter also uncovers places for conflict resolution and peacemaking by discovering points of convergence. The aim of the book is to discover the deeper roots of the Middle East conflict and to apply them to the challenges and possibilities for future Palestine–Israel relations.

Keywords:   Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, conflict, conflict resolution, culture, Islam, Israel, Judaism, Palestine, peacemaking, religion, religious conflict, religious history

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