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Ending Holy Wars: Religion and Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars
Ending Holy Wars: Religion and Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars

Ending Holy Wars: Religion and Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars

Peace and Conflict Series


360 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $35.95 (US $35.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: April 2013

ISBN 9780702249563

Rights: US & CA

University Of Queensland Press (Apr 2013)
University of Queensland Press


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An exploration of how religious dimensions affect the possibilities for conflict resolution in civil war, this account systematically attempts to map out the religious dimensions of internal armed conflicts and to explain the conditions under which religious dimensions impede peaceful settlement. Drawing upon empirical work on global data, and based on the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, this book shows how religious identities and incompatibilities influence the likelihood of agreements and the mechanisms through which parties and third-party mediators have been able to overcome religious obstacles to negotiated settlements. Findings such as these pave the way for a discussion on how conflict theory can better incorporate religious dimensions as well as how policy can be designed to manage religious dimensions in armed conflicts.

Author Biography

Isak Svensson is an associate professor in the department of peace and conflict research at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and the coauthor of The Go-Between: Jan Eliasson and the Styles of Mediation. His work has been published in several high-ranking journals, including European Journal of International Relations, International Interactions, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research.