Civil Society in Malerkotla, Punjab

Civil Society in Malerkotla, Punjab : Fostering Resilience Through Religion

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Civil Society in Malerkotla, Pubjab: Fostering Resilience through Religion by Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa explores the direct role that religion plays in conflict and peace that has often been difficult to isolate. Randhawa extends previous work on peace and conflict resolution by looking at the town of Malerkotla, Punjab which has witnessed many outbreaks of violence in the past but still holds peace as the norm. As a case study, this book uncovers how religious associations, expressions and activities have helped to build social capital and stabilize peace.show more

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  • Hardback | 140 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739167375
  • 9780739167373

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Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa's Civil Society in Malerkotla, Punjab: Fostering Resilience Through Religion examines the prevalence of peace between Muslims and the Sikhs in the city of Malerkotla, Punjab. Based in the literature on religious studies and peace and conflict studies, this book provides a unique glimpse at the ways in which peace is built and maintained in a religiously diverse society...This book is a valuable addition to the peace and conflict studies literature and would be useful for scholars in peace studies/conflict analysis, as well as conflict resolution practitioners. This book is also beneficial for those studying religion and civil society. International Journal on World Peace Though ethnic conflict grabs the headlines, the good news is that in some areas of the world inter-faith relationships actually work. The region of Malerkotla in India's Punjab state is one remarkable example, a place in the middle of ethnic conflict where Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Sikh harmony is a way of life. This insightful study shows why. Through case studies, survey research, and theoretical analysis, it explores the various facets of intercultural toleration and demonstrates that if multicultural harmony can work in Malerkotla it can be a model for our complex and divisive world. -- Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbarashow more

About Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa

Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa, PhD, currently teaches Peace and Conflict Studies in the International and Area Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley and is adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. Her core areas of focus include cross-cultural conflict resolution and the role of religion in conflict and civil society. She also specializes in designing and delivering training on negotiation skills, facilitation, strategic planning and consensus building for a variety of public and private entities in the United States and internationally.show more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Preface Introduction Identifying Peacebuilding at Work: Notes on Methodology The need for Sikh-Muslim Analysis Methodological Challenges Outline of the Book Chapter 1: Evolution of Theories: Conflict and Peace Religion and Conflict Peacebuilding at the State and Community Level Chapter 2: Civil Society The Role of Religion Group Identity and Space Sharing Narratives in Religious Communities Rationale for Case Study in an Ethnographic Tradition Researchable Questions Content Analysis Ethnographic Methods In-depth Interviewing Chapter 3: Sikhism and Islam: A Historical Look at Religious Constructions of Peace and Conflict Tensions in History: Sikhs and Muslims Islam and nonviolence in the Punjab Partition Partition's effect on Malerkotla Chapter 4: Perspectives from Malerkotla Religion and History Religious Historical Narratives Understanding Others Religious Teachings and Practices Religious Exchange Ideas of Peace and Conflict Informed by Sacred Text/Teachings/Similarity in Content Conflict Incidences Engagement in Peacebuilding Activities Analysis of Findings Chapter 5: Civil Society Linkages Negotiating the Collective Memory: Narratives of Past and Present Inclusive Political Processes Economic Life and Interreligious Relations Civil Society Education Social Relations Conflict Resolution Systems Media Conclusionshow more