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The Role of Religion in Conflict and Peacebuilding

This project aims to put forward a nuanced understanding of the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding.

The role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding has all too often been depicted in binary terms: it is seen as a source of either violence or reconciliation. This simplification obscures the complexity of the subject and shows that there is no common understanding of the central terms of the debate. Religion is never a static or isolated entity bur should rather be understood as a fluid system of variables, contingent upon a large number of contextual and historical factors. By observing how religion operates and interacts with other aspects of the human experience at the global, institutional, group and individual levels, this project aims to gain a more nuanced understanding of its role (or potential role) in both conflict and peacebuilding.

Project outcomes

The Role of Religion in Conflict and Peacebuilding

The British Academy  | 

A report analysing the relationship between faith and conflict, and putting forward a set of recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution and mediation.

Project part of

Conflict, Stability & Security

Our activities under the theme of Conflict, Stability & Security aim to illustrate the importance of in-depth and broad understanding of the historical, political, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic context, as well as the importance of perspectives from the philosophical to the demographic, when examining and responding to conflict and insecurity overseas.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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