Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East

Paperback | February 9, 2005

byMarc Gopin

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The Intifada of 2000-2001 has demonstrated the end of an era of diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The style of peacemaking of the Olso Accords has been called into question by the facts on the ground. Elite forms of peacemaking that do not embrace the basic needs of average people on allsides are bound to fail. The complete neglect of deeper cultural and religious systems in the peace process is now apparent, as is the role that this neglect has played in the failure of the process. Building on his earlier book, Between Eden and Armageddon, Gopin provides a detailed blueprint of how the religioustraditions in question can become a principal asset in the search for peace and justice. He demonstrates how religious people can be the critical missing link in peacemaking, and how the incorporation of their values and symbols can unleash a new dynamic that directly addresses basic issues ofethics, justice, and peace. Gopin's analysis of the theoretical, theological, and political planes shows us what has been achieved thus far, as well as what must be done next in order to ensure effective final settlement negotiations and secure, sovereign, democratic countries for both peoples.

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The Intifada of 2000-2001 has demonstrated the end of an era of diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The style of peacemaking of the Olso Accords has been called into question by the facts on the ground. Elite forms of peacemaking that do not embrace the basic needs of average people on allsides are bound to fail. The complete negle...

Marc Gopin is James H. Laue Professor and Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:February 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195181034

ISBN - 13:9780195181036

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Part I: Analysis1. The Interaction between Religion and Culture in Peace and Conflict2. Family Myths and Cultural Conflict3. Political and Mythic Interdependencies4. Patterns of Abrahamic Incrimination5. Conflict, Injury, and TransformationPart II: Practical Applications6. Patterns of Abrahamic Reconciliation: Act, Ritual, and Symbol as Transformation7. The Use of the Word and Its Limits: Dialogue as Peacemaking8. Ritual Civility, Moral Practices of Interpersonal Exchange, and Symbolic Communication9. De-escalation Plans and General Steps toward a New Relationship10. Specific Steps toward a New RelationshipNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Yet this new book by an American rabbi with years of experience in grass-roots conflict resolution in the region offers such a fresh angle from which to view the struggle that it demands attention....his visionary analysis and imaginative proposals suggest there are human resources thathaven't been called upon adequately....Gopin's prescriptions ring true as a legitimate, life-affirming, even hopeful complement to official negotiations. They may, in fact, be essential before negotiations can genuinely become fruitful."--Christian Science Monitor