About the event:
Seventh Annual Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy Forum
Religion, Conflict and Peacemaking
February 20-21, 2013
Following the 9-11 events, the relationship between religion, conflict, and violence became the center of debate among journalists, scholars, politicians, and others. For some time, religion, terrorism, and violence were almost synonymous; if religion could be eradicated, violence would disappear. Such discourse facilitated the need for Western society to rethink its relationship to Islam and the need for Christianity to re-read its past in light of a long history of religious violence.
Another positive, less publicized effect of the post-9/11 discussion emphasizes the role of religion in peacebuilding. Scholars and practitioners are concerned: how can one utilize religious principles as a positive force? How can peacebuilding processes collaborate with religious communities? The University has recently developed two new programs in Religious studies and Peace and Conflict studies and is therefore in an excellent position to address the intricate relationship between Religion and Conflict as well as Religion and Peacemaking.
Opening Keynote Address
February 20, 2013
Salt Lake City Main Library
Mohammed Abu-Nimer:Interfaith Dialogue in Israel-Palestine: Possibilities and Obstacles
Mohammed Abu-Nimer: Associate professor at the American University's School of
International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in Washington, DC, and
Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. . An expert on conflict resolution and
dialogue for peace, Prof. Abu-Nimer has conducted research on conflict resolution in the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict; more generally, his work addresses issues around interreligious conflict
resolution and the role of interfaith dialogue in peacebuilding.
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