The Role of Religion in Conflict and Peace Building

The Role of Religion in Conflict and Peace Building

New research from The British Academy argues that religion is never a static or isolated entity but should be understood as a fluid system of variables, contingent upon a large number of contextual and historical factors.

The report explores how the role of religion in conflict and peace building has all too often been depicted in binary terms, which have obscured the complexity of the subject.

By observing how religion operates and interacts with other aspects of the human experience at the global, institutional, group and individual levels, the report aims to gain a more nuanced understanding of its role (or potential role) in both conflict and peace building.

The report’s authors are

Dr Sara Silvestri, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, City University, London 

Professor James Mayall FBA, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge

The research was commissioned and funded by the Department of International Development.

Read the full report