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State and Politics in Religious Peacebuilding


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Tale Steen-Johnsen
    Pages 1-22
  3. Tale Steen-Johnsen
    Pages 23-35
  4. Tale Steen-Johnsen
    Pages 57-74
  5. Tale Steen-Johnsen
    Pages 75-96
  6. Tale Steen-Johnsen
    Pages 97-116
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-219

About this book


In this book, Tale Steen-Johnsen explains how religious peacebuilders are limited by both formal and more subtle political strategies aimed at regulating civil society. Political authorities have a vested interest in keeping social and religious movements under control, which limits the opportunities religious leaders have to diminish violent conflicts between religious groups. This volume offers empirical examples of these connections in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania. It is valuable resource for both scholars and development practitioners interested in how politics and religion become conflated when religious actors engage to build peace. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Sociology and Social WorkUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway

About the authors

Tale Steen-Johnsen holds a Ph.D in Sociology. One of her main research interests is the relationship between religion, conflict and peace on the African continent. Steen-Johnsen has extensive experience from the practical realities of such endeavours as advisor for peace and reconciliation within the NGO sector. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia for many years.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title State and Politics in Religious Peacebuilding
  • Authors Tale Steen-Johnsen
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59389-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95525-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59390-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 219
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Peace Studies
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