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Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: A Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace

Jonathan Spencer, Jonathan Goodhand, Shahul Hasbullah, Bart Klem, Benedikt Korf, and Kalinga Tudor Silva

Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: A Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace

Jonathan Spencer, Jonathan Goodhand, Shahul Hasbullah, Bart Klem, Benedikt Korf, and Kalinga Tudor Silva

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224 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331218 Published December 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Is religion best seen as only a cause of war, or is it a source of comfort for those caught up in conflict?

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.

Contents

Acknowledgements
List of maps
List of photographs
List of tables
1. Introduction
2. The east as a complex religious field
3. Land and water, war and not war
4. Making sacred space
5. Conflict in the plural
6. Boundary politics, religion and peace-building in Batticaloa
7. Afterword: War’s end
8. Reflections
Bibliography
Index

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