Sectarian-based conflicts — or at any rate, spasms of intercommunal violence characterized as such — are certainly not new. Nor is Iraq or, for that matter, the Middle East as a whole, the only locus of conflict depicted as being sectarian in nature, as the disturbing events in Burma/Myanmar, as well as in the Central African Repubic (CAR) and Nigeria clearly illustrate. With increasing frequency, media accounts of the civil war in Syria describe it in sectarian terms and report that the violence there has inflamed "sectarian tension" throughout the Gulf and beyond. Meanwhile, headlines have warned that the "sectarian divide" in Pakistan is widening and intensifying. There are also reports of a rising tide of "anti-Shi'a sectarianism" in Malaysia and occasional references to the long-term low-level "sectarian insurgency" in southern Thailand.
Across this variegated landscape, inter- and intra-sectarian violence has taken many forms — Sunni vs Shi'a Muslim, Muslim vs Christian, Buddhist vs Muslim — and has claimed far too many victims on all sides. Against the backdrop of this tragic loss of life, there are many questions begging for answers: Why have the terms "sectarianism," "sectarian divide," "sectarian fault lines," "sectarian fissures" and the like become so prominent in the political discourse? Do religions have resources within them that can justify or even encourage violence? Are religious doctrinal differences primarily responsible for stoking intercommunal fear and hatred? What roles have state, sub-state and transnational actors played in fomenting sectarian discord? And importantly, what mechanisms and approaches have been or could be employed to avert sectarian violence, to foster tolerance and peaceful coexistence, and to promote reconciliation? The essays in this series tackle these and other salient questions pertaining to sectarianism in the MENA and Asia Pacific regions.
Jun 17, 2014
A common dichotomy that emerges in discussions of Sunni-Shi‘i “sectarianism” in the contemporary Middle East is that of secular versus sectarian. The logic underlining this false duality is obvious enough: a sect is, after all, a subgroup of a religious denomination that exists as a result of theological or jurisprudential peculiarity as shaped by history, politics, and geography. Therefore, logic would suggest that “secularism” is a plausible antonym for “sectarianism:” a temporal, civic approach to public space rooted in modern understandings of the nation-state and its master institutions and the need to separate church from state. As intuitive as this undoubtedly seems, it remains a false dichotomy that misrepresents sectarian identities and sectarian dynamics in the Arab world and overlooks the role played by class, politics, and power in what is ostensibly a religious issue.
Jun 18, 2014
Reconceptualizing Sectarianism in the Middle East and Asia
Sectarianism as a concept has gained renewed prominence following an offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in early June 2014, which resulted in the fall of Mosul and a string of Iraqi towns. These land grabs have resulted in a flurry of commentaries blaming the conflict on sectarian differences between Iraq’s Shi‘a and Sunnis and predicting the fragmentation of Iraq along sectarian lines. This piece seeks to provide an analysis as to whether sectarianism, in and of itself, is the driving factor behind the renewed conflict in Iraq or the three-year civil war raging in Syria.
Jun 27, 2014
Sectarian Conflict and Grassroots Peacebuilding in Central Java
Sumanto Al Qurtuby
Religiously-inspired anti-pluralist actions, vigilante attacks, Islamist extremism, and terrorism—as well as a spectrum of ethnically, regionally, and religiously-based civilian groupings and paramilitary bands—have figured in Indonesian politics since the downfall of Suharto’s New Order dictatorial regime in 1998. However, not all areas of the country have experienced sectarian violence. Not all Indonesian Muslims are fanatics or zealots, nor are Muslim radicals the only agents of conflict. On the contrary, there are many instructive and inspiring examples across contemporary Indonesia of local leaders and communities that have produced and sustained religious harmony.
Jul 07, 2014
Religious Pluralism versus Intolerance: Sectarian Violence in Indonesia
Religious pluralism has been under threat and sectarianism on the rise during the ten-year (2004-2014) tenure of outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Carool Kersten explains how local and regional authorities condone (and sometimes even stimulate) intimidation and hate crimes.
Jul 14, 2014
Putting Out the Fire in Southern Thailand: An Appeal for Truce Seeking
Observers have struggled to explain ongoing sectarian violence in southern Thailand given that both Thai Buddhists and Malay/Thai Muslims are victims of violence, have historically coexisted peacefully, and share local customs and spiritual traditions. Tim Rackett explores the role of majority and minority ethnic and religious identities in fueling sectarian violence and identifies a way out.
Jul 15, 2014
Violence and Peace Spoilers in the Southern Philippines
The 27 March 2014 signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the Philippine Government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was heralded as the start of enduring peace and development in Mindanao. Unfortunately, spoilers opposed to the CAB remain capable of derailing the process. Joseph Franco explains some of the nuances of spoiling efforts as well as the prevailing socioeconomic milieu in the Southern Philippines that sustains latent enablers for sectarian conflict.
Jul 21, 2014
The Role of Civil Society in Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia
The Indonesian experience suggests that an over-reliance on hard power may actually be counter-productive, inadvertently strengthening rather than weakening the violent Islamist extremists. The author explains the need for an indirect strategy in which calibrated hard power is subordinated to and supplemented by softer measures aimed at diminishing the underlying conditions that give rise to violent extremism.
Jul 23, 2014
Sectarian-Based Violence: The Case of the Yezidis in Iraq and Syria
Historically, the Yezidis -- an ancient Kurdish-speaking ethno-religious community -- have been subject to discrimination and violence. The current status of this community in Iraq and Syria is precarious, at best.
Jul 24, 2014
Shi‘a-Inspired Violence in Malaysia: A Possibility?
Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid
Ever since the triumph of Iranian Shi’a revolutionaries against the shah in 1979, the Malaysian government has been wary of the dangers of the revolution being exported across its borders. The author argues that rather than oppressing and vilifying indigenous Shi‘a citizens, the state should engage them intellectually, socially, and perhaps even religiously, in the spirit of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Jul 25, 2014
Malaysia and its Shi‘a “Problem”
The primacy of ethnic Malays (and by association their adherence to Sunni Islam) has meant that Shi‘i Islam is considered a “deviant” sect in the country. Although official spokespeople regularly claim that the state has no concerns about Shi’a practicing their faith as long as they refrain from proselytizing, adherents face both social and legal restrictions.
Jul 30. 2014
Salafism and the Persecution of Shi‘ites in Malaysia
Syed Farid Alatas
In the last few decades, religious scholars have branded many age-old Malay and Sufi religious practices as wrongful innovations. One of the great casualties of this rising intolerance has been Shi‘ism, whose followers have received some of the most intense criticism. It is widely accepted that these developments have much to do with the rise of Salafism.
Jul 30, 2014
Democracy Cannot Exist without Social Cohesion: The Myanmar Challenge
By emphasizing uniformity through laws to protect one class of race and religion, Myanmar legislators are advancing a device for oppression. If enacted, the Law on Protection of Race and Religion would not only breach international conventions; it would also preset the conditions for further sectarian violence.
Aug 04, 2014
Sectarian Violence involving Rohingya in Myanmar: Historical Roots and Modern Triggers
While the tangled roots of the Rohingya have played a critical role in the recent inter-religious violence between Rohingya and Buddhists, so too has the rise of Burman-Buddhist ethno-nationalism. This essay discusses the the salient narratives driving anti-Rohingya/anti-Muslim sentiments as well as the policies and reforms that have contributed to prolonging the violence.
Aug 05, 2014
"Marked" for Exclusion: The Problem of Pluralism, State-building, and Communal Identities in Iraq and the Arab World
In this essay, the author argues that the dynamics of contemporary Sunni-Shi‘a relations in Iraq and elsewhere in the Arab world are not fundamentally different from those animating other societal cleavages. The modern Iraqi state’s awkwardness vis-à-vis its Shi‘a population, and indeed other outgroups and minorities, was most directly a product of exclusionary nation-building based on problematic conceptions of “unity” and “pluralism.” Rather than actually fostering unity or respecting and nurturing pluralism (politically or communally), these concepts have often been used to exclude dissenters whose non-conformity was deemed a threat to the body politic.
May 14, 2015
The Alawi Community and the Syria Crisis
“Alawis to the grave and Christians to Beirut!” This troubling slogan was chanted during demonstrations against the Assad regime in spring 2011, and exactly who was behind the chanting remains a controversial question. The Syrian opposition claimed that the slogan’s authors were members of the intelligence services who had infiltrated the demonstrations. According to this view, Syrian government agents were seeking to portray the opposition as primarily motivated by sectarianism and dominated by Salafis in order to frighten minorities and those wishing to live in a secular Syria.
Sectarian Violence and Intolerance in Pakistan
On May 13, more than 40 people were killed and at least 13 injured in a gun attack on a bus carrying members of the minority Ismaili Shi‘i sect in Karachi, Pakistan. This was not the deadliest attack of the year, as that dubious honor goes to a suicide bombing in a district in Sindh, which left 61 Shi‘a dead in January. Yet the brazen nature of the attack―carried out in daylight in the bustling megacity of Karachi by gunmen who reportedly boarded the bus and shot at passengers indiscriminately―was striking even in a country where over 2,000 people have been killed and 3,500 injured in sectarian attacks in the past five years.
Jun 18, 2015
Sectarian Violence in Balochistan
This article surveys and critically evaluates sectarian conflicts and trends in Balochistan during the War on Terror, concentrating primarily on the predominantly Shi‘i Hazara community based in Quetta.
Saudi Arabia is a Sunni-majority state home to a significant Shi‘i minority, most of whom live in the Eastern Province. The Shi‘a there are mainly of the Twelver sect, which is also the major Shi‘i sect in Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Bahrain. The Eastern Province Twelvers are not the only Shi‘a in Saudi Arabia—there are sizable communities of Twelvers in Medina and Isma‘ilis in Najran—but it is they who sit at the center of Shi‘i political movement in the kingdom.
Jul 17, 2015
Sectarianism and the Search for New Political Orders in the Arab World
Bassel F. Salloukh
In many Arab countries, the homogenizing, authoritarian, centralized state is a relic of a bygone past. But what will replace it is not yet clear. The popular Arab uprisings that exploded in December 2010, and their overlap with geopolitical battles unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, combined to torpedo the political orders of several Arab states.
Salafism Infiltrates Turkish Religious Discourse
Salafi discourse has made considerable inroads in Turkey over the past 30 years, making contributions to sectarianism in ways that have yet to be fully studied and understood.
Sep 29, 2015
The Sectarian Crisis in Yemen: Damage from a Divisive Storm
Daniel Martin Varisco, Sato-Kan Hiroshi and Junji Kawashima
The military campaign called Operation Decisive Storm pits Saudi Arabia and most of the GCC states, along with the United States, Britain, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and several other minor players, against the Houthis in Yemen, which possess only moral support from the real target in this proxy war, Shi‘i Iran. How did such a lopsided war come about? Why has Yemen become the new battleground in a Sunni-Shi‘i fault line emerging as an ideological rival to the Cold War mentality that saw Soviet communism versus Western capitalism? What precisely is this sectarian crisis all about?
Oct 27, 2015
Toward a Political Theory of Sectarianism in the Middle East: The Salience of Authoritarianism over Theology
Sunni-Shi’i relations have not always been conflict-ridden nor was sectarianism a strong political force in modern Muslim politics until relatively recently. What factors contributed to this change? In this essay, the author argues that the national context is essential for understanding sectarian conflict in the Middle East today.
Nov 04, 2015
Hezbollah and the Syrian Conflict
This essay explores what Hezbollah seek to accomplish through its intervention in Syria, how it views the conflict in Syria, the outcome it desires, and the possible adverse impact of Hezbollah's involvement in Syria upon its popularity and mobilization in Lebanon.
Sectarian Backfire? Assessing Gulf Political Strategy
The division of citizens into confessional and other group constituencies, rather than some spontaneous outpouring of primordial hatred, was in fact a calculated survival strategy employed by frightened regimes under siege. It was and remains one premised on forestalling the emergence of cross-cutting societal factions that could challenge the political status quo, coalitions that—unlike narrow sectarian groups—could claim to represent the will of all the people and mobilize a broad base of support in pursuit of those claims. But has playing the sectarian card paid off?
Jan 19, 2016
Sectarian Divide and Rule in Bahrain: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
This essay reveals how decades of sectarian government policy, including divide and rule tactics and discrimination against Bahraini Shiʿa in the workforce and provision of government services, have strengthened sectarian affiliations at the expense of the more inclusive narrative of Bahraini nationalism.
Jan 26, 2016
The Rise and Growth of Hezbollah and the Militarization of the Sunni-Shi’a Divide in Lebanon
This essay tracks the origins of the Sunni-Shiite divide which, in the case of Lebanon, lay dormant until the creation of its modern day political structure. It argues that the country’s sectarian tensions mounted as a result of the installation of an Islamic republic in Iran, and the establishment of Hezbollah as an instrument in the pursuit of leading power status in the Middle East.
Feb 23, 2017
Minority-ness and the Re-entrenchment of Sectarianism since the Arab Uprisings
This essay looks at sectarianism from the perspective of minority studies. The author argues that if sectarianism is understood as a struggle for power over national truths and national resources, then a persistent overemphasis on labeling minority/majority categories could contribute to the form and force of sectarian discourse and politics.
Mar 29, 2017
Shiite Mobilization and the Transformation of Sectarian Militancy in Pakistan
Khuram Iqbal and Zubair Azam
Historically in Pakistan, Shiite militancy has remained reactive and selective. But with thousands of Pakistani Shiites being recruited and trained by Tehran, the landscape of sectarian militancy is likely to undergo a momentous transformation with a possibility of a head-on confrontation between militant fronts of the two opposing sects. This essay analyzes the future impact of Shiite mobilization in Pakistan on the country and how it could transform the local sectarian conflict by fueling radicalization and increasing prospects for ISIS to penetrate and exploit local militant groups to its favor.
Apr 13, 2017
Hezbollah, the Lebanese Sectarian State, and Sectarianism
This essay discusses Hezbollah's gradual acceptance of Lebanon's sectarian political system, the means by which it has achieved hegemony over Lebanon's Shiite population, and how its intervention in Syria has accentuated sectarianism and Sunni-Shiite tensions in Lebanon.
Apr 20, 2017
An Evolution of Rohingya Persecution in Myanmar: From Strategic Embrace to Genocide
Alice Cowley and Maung Zarni
This essay discusses the persecution of, and violence committed against, Rohingya. The authors argue that recent waves of state-directed violence communal destruction, far from being a new phenomenon, have been occurring since 1978 and are part of a process of ‘slow-burning genocide.’
May 04, 2017
Southern Thailand’s Malay Muslim Freedom Fighters
Who are the mysterious and enigmatic insurgents in southern Thailand? What do they want? Who do they actually speak for? And what does a separatist struggle and violence mean for ordinary Muslims? Sascha Helbardt’s work, Deciphering Southern Thailand’s Violence (2015), explores the main Malay Muslim group that has been spearheading the insurgency, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Koordinasi (BRN-C). Drawing on Helbardt’s study, this essay seeks to shed light on the BRN-C’s central role in waging the insurgency in southern Thailand — a role that until now has been poorly understood and greatly underestimated.
Jakarta’s Political Turmoil: Post-storm Thoughts on the Moderate Muslim Mainstream
Jakarta, the hub of Indonesian politics, was caught in the eye of a storm when a series of massive protests erupted, calling for the prosecution of the ethnic Chinese Christian Governor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama for allegedly having committed blasphemy against Islam. What do these developments, together with Ahok's subsequent defeat for reelection and criminal conviction, signify or portend for Indonesia's formative values and democratic consolidation? To what extent has the country's “moderate Muslim mainstream” stepped up to the challenge represented by these events? This essay addresses these questions.
Egyptian Copts Under Attack: The Frailty of a National Unity Discourse
Bård Helge Kårtveit
This essay discusses the recent spate of attacks upon and heightened sense of insecurity felt by Egyptian Coptic Christians. The essay focuses on Copts' growing frustration with state authorities' responses to their grievances.
Aug 03, 2017
A Band of (Muslim) Brothers? Exploring Bahrain’s Role in the Qatar Crisis
The crisis which has engulfed the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) states since June 5, 2017, leading to an unprecedented diplomatic and economic blockade of Qatar, has effectively split the Gulf into three camps, fracturing the uneasy yet much-lauded unity of an alliance which has long prided itself on stability and security. This essay examines Bahrain's involvement in the crisis.
Islamism in the Middle East Sectarian Conflict
The Political (or Social) Economy of Sectarianism in Lebanon
Most of the literature that seeks to explain sectarianism in Lebanon focuses on its history or on the regional and geopolitical dynamics associated with it. Relatively few studies have looked at the internal factors that shape the process of sectarianization and sustain sectarianism today. However, if one does not first understand the present dynamics of sectarianism and the material and structural factors that shape it, then exploring the history of the phenomenon in an attempt to locate its “roots” is unlikely to be very illuminating. This essay seeks to shed light on the current political economy of sectarianism in Lebanon so as to advance our understanding of this phenomenon.
Nov 14, 2017
Waves of Genocidal Terror against Rohingyas by Myanmar and the Resultant Exodus Since 1978
Maung Zarni and Natalie Brinham
This essay aims to highlight the scope and rhythmic nature of Burma’s persecution of Rohingyas the devastating impact on the Rohingya population. First, it sets out to describe and help readers understand the evolving pretexts given by the successive Burmese governments and the methods of group destruction and resultant waves — five in total — of the outflow of Rohingyas in large number. Then it attempts to offer an interpretive framework within which this cycle of violence-exodus-lull is best understood.
1. The Middle East and North Africa
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2. The Asia Pacific
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Stark, Jan. “Muslims in the Philippines,” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 23:1 (2003): 195-210.
Joll, Christopher. “Religion and Conflict in Southern Thailand: Beyond Rounding Up the Usual Suspects,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, 32:2 (2010): 258-279.
Liow, Joseph C. “The Security Situation in Southern Thailand: Toward an Understanding of Domestic and International Dimensions,” Studies in Conﬂict and Terrorism, 27:6 (2004: 531-548.
____________. “Islamic Education in Thailand: Negotiating Islam, Identity and Modernity,” Southeast Asia Education Survey, National Bureau of Research (2005): 121-149.
McCargo, Duncan. “Buddhism, Democracy and Identity in Thailand,” Democratization, 11:4 (2004): 155-170.
Zarni, Maung and Alice Cowley. "The Slow-burning Genocide of Myanmar's Rohingya," Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, 23:3 (2014): 681-752.
3. General Works on Religion and Peace & Conflict
Abu-Nimer, Mohammed. Non-Violence and Peacebuilding in Islam. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.
Ambuel, David and Mehdi Amin Razavi. Philosophy, Religion, and the Question of Intolerance. New York: State University of New York Press, 1997.
Appleby, R. Scott. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation. Lanham; Boulder; New York and Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
Arinze, Cardinal Francis. Religions for Peace: A Call for Solidarity to the Religions of the World. New York: Doubleday, 2002.
Armstrong, Karen. The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. London: HarperCollins, 2000.
Asad, Talal. Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1993.
Avruch, K. Culture and Conflict Resolution. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 1998.
Avruch, K., Black, P., and Scimecca, J. Conflict Resolution: Cross Cultural Perspectives. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.
Azar, E. The Management of Protracted Social Conflict: Theory and Cases. Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1990.
Berdal, M., and Malone, D., eds. Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2000.
Berger, Peter L., ed. The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics. Washington DC, Grand Rapids: Ethics and Public Policy Center / William B. Eerdmans, 1999.
Bouta, Tsjeard, S. Ayse Kadayific-Orellana and Mohammed Abu-Nimer. Faith-Based Peace-Building: Mapping and Analysis of Christian, Muslim and Multi-Faith Actors. Netherlands & Washington, DC: Netherlands, 2005.
Broadhead, Philip and Damien Keown. Can Faiths Make Peace? Holy Wars and the Resolution of Religious Conflicts. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2007.
Burleigh, Michael. Sacred Causes: Religion and Politics from the European Dictators to Al Qaeda. London: Harper Perennial, 2006, 2007.
Cavanaugh, William T. The Myth of Religious Violence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Charbonneau, Bruno and Geneviève Parent. Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top-down and Bottom-up Approaches. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Chirwa, W. "Collective Memory and the Process of Reconciliation and Reconstruction," Development in Practice, 7 (1997): 479-82.
Collier, P. “Economic Causes of Civil Conflict and their Implications for Policy.” In Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict, edited by Chester Crocker et al., pp. 143-62. Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace Press, 2001.
Coward, H., and Smith, G., eds. Religion and Peacebuilding. New York: State University of New York Press, 2004.
Dark, Ken R., ed. Religion and International Relations. London: MacMillan, 2000.
Dayton, B. W. and Kriesberg, L., eds. Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: Moving from Violence to Sustainable Peace. London: Routledge, 2009.
Duffey, Michael K. and Deborah S. Nash. Justice and Mercy will Kiss: the Vocation of Peacemaking in a World of Many Faiths. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008.
Ehrenkranz, Joseph H. Religion and Violence, Religion and Peace. Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University Press, 2000.
El Fadl, K. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
Esposito, John L. and Michael Watson, eds. Religion and Global Order. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000.
Gort, Jerald D., H. Jansen and Hendrick M. Vroom. Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation: Multifaith Ideals and Realities. New York: Rodopi, 2002.
Halliday, Fred. Nation and Religion in the Middle East. London: Saqi, 2000.
Haynes, Jeff. Religion in Global Politics. London: Longman, 1998.
Helmick, Raymond G. and Rodney L. Petersen. Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy & Conflict Transformation. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2001.
Hinnells, John and Richard King, eds. Religion and Violence in South Asia: Theory and Practice. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
Huda, Qamar-Ul. Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2010.
Jerryson, Michael and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds. Buddhist Warfare. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Juergensmeyer, Mark, ed. Violence and the Sacred in the Modern World. London: Frank Cass, 1991.
____________________. The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
____________________. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 3rd edn. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001, 2003.
Lawrence, Bruce B. Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
Lederach, John Paul. Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 1997.
Marsden, Lee. The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
McConnell, J. Mindful Mediation: A Handbook for Buddhist Peacemakers. Bangkok: Buddhist Research Institute, 1995.
McTernan, Oliver. Violence in God’s Name: Religion in an Age of Conflict. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2003.
Mitchell, Jolyon P. Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence: the Role of Religion and Media. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Derek Peterson and Darren Walhof, eds. The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003.
Philpott, Daniel. The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006.
Rothman, J. Resolving Identity-Based Conflicts in Nations, Organizations, and Communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.
Sahliyeh, Emile, ed. Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.
Said, Abdul A., Nathan C. Funk, and Ayse Kadayifici. Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
Selengut, Charles. Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence, 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.
Seiple, Robert A. and Dennis Hoover. Religion and Security: the New Nexus in International Relations. Lanham; Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
Sisk, Timothy D. Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011.
Smith, Gordon S. and Harold Coward, eds. Religion and Peacebuilding. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.
Smock, David R. Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2002.
____________. Religious Contributions to Peacemaking: When Religion Brings Peace, Not War. Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2006.
Thomas, Scott M. The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Wentz, Richard E. Why People do Bad Things in the Name of Religion. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1993.
Williams, Rowan. The Truce of God: Peacemaking in Troubled Times. Norwich: Canterbury, 2005.
Van Bruinessen, M. "Genealogies of Islamic Radicalism in Post-Suharto Indonesia," South East Asia Research, 10:2 (2002): 117–154.
Yegar, Moshe. Between Integration and Secession: The Muslim Communities of the Southern Philippines, Southern Thailand and Western Burma/Myanmar. Oxford: Lexington Books, 2002.