Bibliography

This brief bibliography is intended as a starting point for those interested in learning more about Religions and the Practice of Peace. It will be updated periodically, so please check back for new titles.

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Religions and peacebuilding: Making the case and multiple cases

Appleby, R. Scott. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.

Coward, Harold, and Gordon S. Smith. Religion and Peacebuilding. Albany: State University Press, 2004.

Gopin, Marc. Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Gopin, Marc. Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East. Auckland; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Hertog, Katrien. The Complex Reality of Religious Peacebuilding: Conceptual Contributions and Critical Analysis. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

Johnston, Douglas, ed. Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Johnston, Douglas, and Cynthia Sampson, eds. Religion: The Missing Dimension of Statecraft. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Little, David, ed. Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Matyók, Thomas, Maureen Flaherty, Hamdesa Tuso, Jessica Senehi, and Sean Byrne, eds. Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013.

Powers, Gerard F. "Religion and Peacebuilding." In Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent World, edited by Daniel Philpott and Gerard F. Powers, 317-352. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Rogers, Mark, Tom Bamat, and Julie Ideh, eds. Pursuing Just Peace: An Overview of Case Studies for Faith-Based Peacebuilders. Baltimore, MD: Catholic Relief Services, 2008.

Sampson, Cynthia, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Claudia Liebler, and Diana Whitney, eds. Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding: A Resource for Innovators. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications, 2003.

Seul, Jeffrey R. "Religion and Conflict." In The Negotiator’s Fieldbook, edited by Andrea Kupfer Schneider and Christopher Honeyman, 323-334. Washington, DC: American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2006.

Sisk, Timothy D. ed. Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011.

Smock, David R., ed. Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2002.

Smock, David R., ed. Religious Contributions to Peacemaking: When Religion Brings Peace, Not War. Peaceworks No. 55. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2006. View PDF

USAID. Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: An Introductory Programming Guide. Washington, DC: US Agency for International Development, 2009. View PDF

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Religions and peacebuilding: Single cases and countries

India

Bigelow, Anna. Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Liberia

Gbowee, Leymah. Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War: A Memoir. New York: Beast Books, 2011.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Documentary Film DVD, 72 minutes. Passion River Films, 2008. Available for online viewing

Mozambique

Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. "Mozambique: Religious Peacebuilders Broker End to Civil War." Religion and Conflict Case Study Series. Washington, DC: Berkeley Center, Georgetown University, August 2013.

Haynes, Jeffrey. "Conflict, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Building: The Role of Religion in Mozambique, Nigeria, and Cambodia." In Religion, Politics, and International Relations: Selected Essays. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2011.

Nigeria

An African Answer. Documentary Film DVD, 38 mins. London, UK: FLT Films, 2010. Sequel to The Imam and the Pastor.

Ashafa, Ustaz Muhammad Nurayn, and Evangelist James Movel Wuye. The Pastor and the Imam: Responding to Conflict. Lagos, Nigeria: Ibrash Publications Centre Ltd., 1999.

Little, David. "Warriors and Brothers: Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye: Nigeria." In Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution, edited by David Little, with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, 247-277. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Steele, David. "Film Guide: The Imam and the Pastor." Washington DC: Berkley Center, Georgetown University, June 2013.

The Imam and the Pastor: A Documentary from the Heart of Nigeria. Documentary Film DVD, 39 mins. London, UK: FLT Films, 2006.

Northern Ireland

Little, David. "Men Who Walked the Street: Father Alex Reid and the Rev. Dr. Roy Magee: Northern Ireland." In Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution, edited by David Little, 53-96. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007

Wells, Ronald. People Behind the Peace: Community and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999.

Sierra Leone

Fambul Tok. Documentary Film DVD, 82 mins. Portland, ME: Catalyst for Peace, 2011.

Hoffman, Libby, Sara Terry, Ishmael Beah, Benedict Sannoh, and John Caulker. Fambul Tok. Brooklyn, NY: Umbrage Editions, 2011.

South Africa

Tutu, Desmond. No Future Without Forgiveness. New York: Image, 2000.

Uganda

Thompson, Kelsie et al. "Uganda: Alliances for Peace: The Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative." In Pursuing Just Peace: An Overview of Case Studies for Faith-Based Peacebuilders, edited by Mark Rogers, Tom Bamat, and Julie Ideh. Baltimore, MD: Catholic Relief Services, 2008

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Religions and peacebuilding: Women

International Fellowship of Reconciliation. (Inter)faith-based Peacebuilding: The Need for a Gender Perspective. Cyprus: IFOR Women Peacemakers Program, 2010.

McGrory, Jane. Faithful Peace, Peaceful Faith: The Role of Women of Faith in Building Peace. London, UK: Progressio, Catholic Institute for International Relations, 2008.

See section on "Liberia" above.

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Religious voices for peace

Interreligious

Abu-Nimer, Mohammed, and David Augsburger, eds. Peace-Building By, Between and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians. New York: Rowan & Littlefield, 2009.

Chittister, Joan, Saadi Shakur Chishti, and Arthur Waskow. The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Gopin, Marc. Bridges Across an Impossible Divide: The Inner Lives of Arab and Jewish Peacemakers. 2012.

Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks, ed. Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Volf, Miroslav, Ghazi bin Muhammad, and Melissa Yarrington, eds. A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010.

Multiple religious traditions

Gottlieb, Roger S., ed. Liberating Faith: Religious Voices for Justice, Peace, and Ecological Wisdom. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003.

Matyók, Thomas, Maureen Flaherty, Hamdesa Tuso, Jessica Senehi, and Sean Byrne, eds. Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013.

Nan, Susan Allen, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, and Andrea Bartoli, eds. Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012.

Smith-Christopher, Daniel, ed. Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2007. First published in Cambridge, MA: Boston Research Center, 1998.

Wink, Walter, ed. Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000.

Buddhism

Hanh, Thich Nhat. Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 1993.

Dalai Lama. Ethics for the New Millenium. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.

Dalai Lama. Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together. New York: Doubleday Religion, 2010.

Christianity

Asfaw, Semegnish, Alexios Chehadeh, and Marian Gh. Simion, eds. Just Peace: Orthodox Perspectives. Geneva: World Council of Churches Publications; Ayer, MA: Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, 2012.

Helmick, Raymond G., SJ. Fear Not: Biblical Calls for Faith. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity, 2014.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. Edited by James M. Washington. New York, NY: HarperOne, 1986.

Merton, Thomas. Passion for Peace: Reflections on War and Nonviolence. Abridged Edition. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2006.

Stassen, Glen H., Rodney L. Petersen, and Timothy A. Norton, eds. Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013.

Tutu, Desmond, and Mpho Tuto. Douglas C. Abrams, ed. The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. New York: HarperOne, 2014.

Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.

Hinduism

Gandhi, Mohandas K. An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993. Originally published in a series of volumes beginning in 1927.

Bondurant, Joan V. Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Brown, Judith M., and Anthony Parel. The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Islam

Aroua, Abbas. The Quest for Peace in the Islamic Tradition. Oslo: Kolofon Press, 2013.

Abu-Nimer, Mohammed. Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.

Easwaran, Eknath. Nonviolent Soldier of Islam: Badshah Khan: A Man to Match His Mountains. Tomales, CA: Nilgiri Press, 1999.

Funk, Nathan C. and Abdul Aziz Said. Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.

Jafari, Sheherazade, and Abdul Aziz Said. "Islam and Peacemaking." In Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory, Volume 1, edited by Susan Allen Nan, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, and Andrea Baroli, 228-243. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012.

Lumbard, Joseph E.B., ed. Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2009.

Muhaiyaddeen, M.R. Bawa. Islam and World Peace: Explanations of a Sufi. Revised Edition. Philadelphia: Fellowship Press, 2004.

Sachedina, Abdulaziz. The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Shah-Kazemi, Reza. "From the Spirituality of Jihad to the Ideology of Jihadism." In Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars, edited by Joseph E.B. Lumbard, 119-148. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2009.

Judaism

Eilberg, Amy. From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014.

Lerner, Michael. "Judaism and the Path to Peace." In Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies, edited by Thomas Matyók, Maureen Flaherty, Hamdesa Tuso, Jessica Senehi, and Sean Byrne, 105-120. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013.

Sacks, Jonathan. The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations. Revised Edition. London; New York: Continuum, 2003.

Sacks, Jonathan. To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. Montreal; Ithaca: McGill-Queens University Press, 2005.

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Virtues and their cultivation

Armstrong, Karen. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. and Rodney Petersen, eds. Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy, and Conflict Transformation. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2002.

Henderson, Michael. No Enemy to Conquer: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009.

Morinis, Alan. Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar. Boston and London: Trumpeter, 2008.

Muhaiyaddeen, M.R. Bawa. Come to the Secret Garden: Sufi Tales of Wisdom. Philadelphia, PA: Fellowship Press, 1985.

Tutu, Desmond, and Mpho Tuto. Douglas C. Abrams, ed. The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. New York: HarperOne, 2014.

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Research on prosocial aspects of religion

Clingingsmith, David, Asim Ijaz Khwaja, and Michael Kremer. "Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam’s Global Gathering." The Quarterly Journal of Economics. Vol. 124, No. 3 (August 2009): 1133-1170.

Norenzayan, Ara. Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Rothschild, Zachary, Abdolhossein Abdollahi, and Tom Pyszczynski. "Does Peace Have a Prayer? The Effect of Mortality Salience, Compassionate Values, and Religious Fundamentalism on Hostility Toward Out-groups." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Vol. 45, No. 4 (2009): 816-827.

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