Harmonization versus Liberation: Basic Conditions for Effective Interreligious Peacebuilding, A Response by Mohammed Abu-Nimer to Ron Kronish

Interreligious peacebuilding (IRPB) practitioners operate within the wider context of peace and conflict resolution, applying processes such as dialogue, peace education, conflict resolution, and reconciliation.  As an emerging field, several lessons have arisen within IRPB highlighting how it can improve its effectiveness. Interfaith efforts in Israel/Palestine reflect several of these lessons. One main lesson is discussed in this essay: The need for careful examination of the macro setting and questioning of the power dynamics, taking into account the goals of harmonization versus liberation, is crucial. In addition, the value of interreligious intervention as a tool to contribute to the humanization of the other is asserted.

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