Approaching Religion in Conflict Transformation: Concepts, Cases and Practical Implications

Owen Frazer and Richard Friedli (2015)
Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich

Published in the series “CSS Mediation Resources” of  The Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, this paper is written for policy makers and conflict transformation practitioners working on conflicts with religious dimensions. It aims to support policy and practice by providing a conceptual framework to strengthen analysis of the role that religion plays in conflict.

The study draws both on academic writing on the nature of religion, and accounts of conflict transformation initiatives, to propose a framework that is a useful balance between academic complexity and the simplicity necessary for it to be of practical application. By helping policy-makers and practitioners to be more specific about religion’s role in conflict, the proposed framework can help to support the design of conflict transformation approaches that take account of the role of religion.

The study is available as a PDF here.