Religion and Conflict

Essays on the origins of religious conflicts and resolution approaches


Religion and conflict is a controversial issue. In local as well as national contexts, religion can be seen as both the cause of conflicts and an important tool for conflict resolution. This double role has become even more pertinent after September 11th. A multidimensional approach to religion becomes necessary in order to understand the role of religion as a major force for integration or marginalisation.


edited by:

Erik Eynikel

Angeliki Ziaka

Published: April 2011

ISBN: 9780956678508

Pages: 426

This manual introduces a theoretical and practical framework among theologians, as well as other professionals. It  proposes a historical and sociological, as well as a political and gender approach to the three monotheistic religions based on conflicts provocation and their transgression. Furthermore it aims to identify and map the European theological and religious curricula which promote the analytic teaching of religion and conflict and their traditional impact on modern societies.

The collection of essays presented are the outcome of the Thematic Network TRES (Teaching Religion in a multicultural European Society). A Thematic Network is a co-operation between departments of higher education institutions and other partners (e.g. academic organisations or professional bodies). All countries participating in the Socrates-Erasmus programmes (EU, EFTA and Candidate Countries) were represented in our Thematic Network TRES. The primary aim of the programme is to enhance quality and to define and develop a European dimension within a given academic discipline or study area.