Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East
Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East begins with a set of provocative questions: How, for example, do Muslims conceive of peace? To what degree do differences in the interpretation of Islam affect the ways in which peace is sought in the contemporary Middle East?Through analysis of regional trends and case studies, the authors explore various Islamic ideas of peace and their bearing on difficult ethnic, nationalist, and civic conflicts. The result widens the parameters for serious discussion of Islam's contributions - real and potential - to ongoing negotiations.The authors explore varying Islamic conceptions of peace and their bearing on ethnic, nationalist, and civil conflicts in the contemporary Middle East.
- Hardback | 310 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
- 15 Dec 2008
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
Table of contents
Introduction.; The Context: Transformations in Islamic-Western Relations.; The Need for a New Story.; Religious Resources for Peacemaking: Engaging Islam.; Islamic Peace Paradigms.; Peace Through Coercion: The Problem of Force in Islamic Politics.; Peace Through Equity: Islamic Perspectives on a Just and Cooperative World Order.; Peace Through Conciliation: Forms of Islamic Conflict Resolution.; Peace Through Nonviolence: A Paradigm of Peaceful Striving.; Peace Through Universalism: Islamic Spirituality and the Culture of Peace.; Recommendations.; Preparing for Peace.; An Agenda for Islamic-Western Cooperation.
"An important book, impressive in its scope, clarity, and balanced treatment of a highly complex and controversial subject. No other work compares to it." - Sohail Hashmi, Mount Holyoke College "This pioneering book creatively synthesizes literatures as diverse as history, law, and philosophy. Funk and Said's insights will appeal broadly to academics, students, and peacemakers." - Sulayman S. Nyang, Howard University"
About Nathan C. Funk
Nathan C. Funk is assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Abdul Aziz Said is professor of international peace and conflict resolution and founder of the Center for Global Peace at American University.