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Vesselin Popovski is Senior Academic Programme Officer and Director of Studies on International Order and Justice, Peace and Governance Programme, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. Gregory M. Reichberg is Senior Researcher and Programme Leader, Ethics, Norms and Identities Programme, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway. Nicholas Turner is Academic Programme Associate, Peace and Governance Programme, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.
All great religions hold life to be sacred; all profess peace, yet few are absolutely pacifist. This book distills a universe of original wisdom, shedding light on eternal questions of philosophy, politics, and law. It offers a nuanced and illuminating, not to say politically much needed, antidote to simplistic and self-fulfilling commentary on the clash of civilizations.
This book is both timely and timeless: timely because of the surge of interest in the subject of religion and war, and timeless because it covers millennia of evolving human thought and principles. It is incredibly rich – in historical description, in scriptural references, and in illustrations of diversity within each religion.
This extraordinary volume should speak to those who are fed up with the use of religion to fuel conflicts, and is especially propitious at this moment in our history, which signals a potential policy shift from a ‘clash of civilizations’ to a ‘dialogue among civilizations’.
This splendid new book does not treat the dominant religions as monolithic, but devotes a chapter to each major branch, revealing harmonies and differences both between and within religions. There could hardly be a more timely or important book.
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