Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: A Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: A Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

By: Bart Klem (author), Benedikt Korf (author), Kalinga Tudor Silva (author), Jonathan Spencer (author), Shahul Hasbullah (author), Jonathan Goodhand (author)Paperback

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Is religion best seen as only a cause of war, or is it a source of comfort for those caught up in conflict? In Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque six senior figures in Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and Development Studies set out to answer this question. Based on fieldwork conducted in Sri Lanka's most religiously diverse and politically troubled region during the country's civil war (1983-2009), it provides a series of new and provocative arguments about the promise of a religiously based civil society, and the strengths and weaknesses of religious organisations and religious leaders in conflict mediation. The authors argue that for people trapped in long and violent conflicts, religion ultimately plays a contradictory role, and that its institutions are themselves profoundly affected by war - producing a complex picture in which Catholic priests engage with Buddhist monks and new Muslim leaders, and where Hindu temples and Pentecostal churches offer the promise of healing.

About Author

Jonathan Spencer is Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh. He is the co-author of Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque (Pluto, 2014). Jonathan Goodhand is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and Professor in Conflict and Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. He is the co-author of Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque (Pluto, 2014). Shahul Hasbullah is Professor of Geography at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is the co-author of Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque (Pluto, 2014). Bart Klem is Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the co-author of Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque (Pluto, 2014). Benedikt Korf is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Zurich. Kalinga Tudor Silva is Professor of Sociology at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is the co-author of Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque (Pluto, 2014).

Contents

Acknowledgements List of maps List of photographs List of tables 1. Introduction 2. The east as a complex religious field 3. Land and water, war and not war 4. Making sacred space 5. Conflict in the plural 6. Boundary politics, religion and peace-building in Batticaloa 7. Afterword: War's end 8. Reflections Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780745331218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780745331218
  • ISBN10: 0745331211

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