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Checkpoint, temple, church and mosque: a collaborative ethnography of war and peace


Spencer, Jonathan; Goodhand, Jonathan; Hasbullah, Shahul; Klem, Bart; Korf, Benedikt; Silva, Kalinga Tudor (2015). Checkpoint, temple, church and mosque: a collaborative ethnography of war and peace. London: Pluto Press.

Abstract

Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque is based on fieldwork in Sri Lanka’s most religiously diverse and politically troubled region in the closing years of the civil war. It provides a series of new and provocative arguments about the promise of a religiously based civil society, and the strengths and weaknesses of religious organisations and religious leaders in conflict mediation. It argues that for people trapped in long and violent conflicts, religion plays a contradictory role, often acting as a comforting and stabilising force but also, in certain situations, acting as a source of new conflict. Additionally, war itself can lead to profound changes in religious institutions: Catholic priests engage with Buddhist monks and new Muslim leaders, while Hindu temples and Pentecostal churches offer the promise of healing.
This book will provoke new debate about the role of religious organisations and leaders in situations of extreme conflict and will be of great interest to students of anthropology, development studies, religious studies and peace/conflict studies.

Abstract

Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque is based on fieldwork in Sri Lanka’s most religiously diverse and politically troubled region in the closing years of the civil war. It provides a series of new and provocative arguments about the promise of a religiously based civil society, and the strengths and weaknesses of religious organisations and religious leaders in conflict mediation. It argues that for people trapped in long and violent conflicts, religion plays a contradictory role, often acting as a comforting and stabilising force but also, in certain situations, acting as a source of new conflict. Additionally, war itself can lead to profound changes in religious institutions: Catholic priests engage with Buddhist monks and new Muslim leaders, while Hindu temples and Pentecostal churches offer the promise of healing.
This book will provoke new debate about the role of religious organisations and leaders in situations of extreme conflict and will be of great interest to students of anthropology, development studies, religious studies and peace/conflict studies.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:27 Jan 2015 16:46
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 11:14
Publisher:Pluto Press
Series Name:Anthropology, Culture and Society
Number of Pages:224
ISBN:978-0-7453-3121-8
Official URL:http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745331218&

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