Toward a Global Understanding of Pacifism: Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist Contributions

  • Meena Sharify-Funk
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


Although pacifism as an absolute commitment to abstain from the use of armed force remains a minority position in all religio-cultural traditions and an unpopular concept in many of them, the idea of moral power and spiritual presence has much broader resonance. When applied cross-culturally, a reconstructed conception of pacifism understood as active peacemaking driven by nonviolent forms of power can enable profoundly meaningful dialogue and different interpretive traditions. In this chapter, we explore examples of what might be called ‘nonviolent social hermeneutics’ as experienced in different historical and contemporary religious and cultural individuals and communities; especially reflected in Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.


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  • Meena Sharify-Funk
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  1. 1.Department of Religion and CultureWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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