Interreligious Dialogue and Conflict

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 345

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
Department of Religion and Culture, VID Specialized University, NO-0319 Oslo, Norway
Interests: religioscapes, migration, diasporas; international relations, politics of religion and culture, cultural diplomacy, soft power; identity, belonging, European integration (Europeanisation); interreligious dialogue, conflict, reconciliation; balkans, eastern mediterranean, middle east

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to our Special Issue with an article which explores the intersection and interrelation of politics and religion, with a particular focus on the aspects of hostility, threat of aggression, conflict and reconciliation. The international political landscape is rife with types of engagement, as mentioned above. Geopolitical tensions, often drawn from historical perceptions of enmity, antitheses, belonging and sovereignty over territory, are not devoid of the religious element and soft power that it entails. As advocates of war or mediators of peace, religious actors have a significant role in swaying popular views and ultimately offering political legitimacy.

This Special Issue aims to inform scholarship through various disciplines and case studies that fit the intentionally broad description above. To that end, we welcome submissions that deal with issues such as conflict justification (just war), religious spatial/territorial ownership, as well as mediation, interreligious dialogue and conflict resolution.

Case studies may (non-exclusively) focus on the Arab–Israeli conflict, the Yugoslav wars, or the Russian–Ukrainian war, whereby emergent patterns, overlaps and differences may be identified through the juxtaposition of cases, and the extension parallels between religious actors may be drawn on the basis of their attitudes and rhetoric comparatively.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: religious studies and theology, politics and international relations, anthropology and ethnography, sociology and social sciences. Interdisciplinarity is desirable and strongly encouraged. 

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Georgios Trantas
Guest Editor

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  • religion
  • war
  • conflict
  • reconciliation
  • religioscapes
  • soft power
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Balkans
  • Russia

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