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Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East 1st Edition

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"A helpful resource for all those sengaged in interfaith and intercultural relations, even apart from Middle East conflict. The book's greatest contribution is the graphic evidence that local peace and reconciliation efforts really do matter."-- Pro Ecclesia


"Unique and brilliant."--CHOICE


"In the age when most proponents of conflict resolution would discount or even ignore the role religions can play in generating peaceful resolution of conflict, Marc Gopin has most convincingly argued for restoring religious and cultural analysis at the center of deliberations for resolving deadly conflicts. This book fills a critical gap in the study of conflict resolution in a region of the world plagued by an endless cycle of violence. It is essential reading for both Israelis and Palestinians to arrest further mutual incriminations and exclusions in order to usher the period of peace, at least, for the future generations of Jews and Arabs in the region." -Abulaziz Sachedina, author of The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism


"For twenty years Marc Gopin has stood in the gap between Israleis and Palestinians. He writes as one who has been there, on the ground, with people high and low, practicing a combination of courage, empathy, modesty, realism, and hope are rare among Middle East commentators. Diplomats, politicians, and educators who yearn for peace among the 'Abrahamic peoples' should read this book. It will show them how the Abrahamic religions can become a taproot of that peace." -Donald W. Shriver, Jr., author of An Ethnic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics


"An ambitious, visionary, and often inspiring book. It reveals possible avenues for peace building and reconciliation, grounded in three great Middle Eastern religious traditions. Gopin's work merits serious attention from all who lament past failures of the many official mediators who have struggled unsuccessfully to help achieve a durable Israeli-Palestinian peace." -Samuel W. Lewis, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, 1977-1985; President, United States Institute of Peace, 1987-1993


"This new book by an American rabbi with years of experience in grass-roots conflict resolution in the region offers such a fresh angle from which to view the struggle that it demands attention....his visionary analysis and imaginative proposals suggest there are human resources that haven't been called upon adequately....Gopin's prescriptions ring true as a legitimate, life-affirming, even hopeful complement to official negotiations. They may, in fact, be essential before negotiations can genuinely become fruitful."--Christian Science Monitor


"Marc Gopin specializes in conflict resolution. He has written extensively on the subject and practiced it in the Middle East for 20 years, facilitating peace initiatives between religious groups in Israel and Palestine. Where most observers might say religion was the cause of the problems in the Middle East, Gopin says religion is the route to peace. He cites the traditions and myths of the three major religions in the region, and adds his personal experiences, to demonstrate innovative approaches to peace. Gopin may be dismissed as naive, but he moves carefully from theory to practical application." -The Globe and Mail


About the Author


Marc Gopin, author of Holy War, Holy Peace (Oxford, 2002), is a Senior Associate in the Preventive Diplomacy Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C, Visiting Associate Professor of International Diplomacy at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Senior Researcher at its Institute for Human Security.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195146506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195146509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I assigned this book for a college class where we explored conflicts characterized by religion. The Israel-Palestine situation is obviously a knotty snarl of issues far more complicated than *just* a religious struggle, but I was curious to see what contribution religion could make to peace, in light of Gopin's subtitle. Three things stand out--first, that this book is very much on the theoretical, philosophical and theological side. Dr. Gopin's meditations on the biblical nuances of the Other, of being a neighbor, of reconciliation and mourning are all profound and deserve further thought and application to faith communities in the region. However, it also has a notable lack of in-depth case studies as to how the author has applied, is applying or has witnessed others applying his kind of teachings. If you are looking for some concrete examples of peacemaking in the region using religion, you may find this book a bit thin. Finally, it represents the work of an American rabbi along with his inevitable preconceptions and perspective. His treatment of Arab and Muslim communities of faith, although sympathetic, is somewhat limited. I'd recommend this book for a religious and philosophical introduction to Judeo-Christian-Islamic ideas on peacemaking in the Middle East, but not as a text on the art of such peacemaking itself.
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Marc Gopin's Holy War, Holy Peace is a wise book that offers new hope for peacemakers, both at the political level, and for the general population. Gopin's theory is that religion can and should be used to create bridges, not walls, between Abraham's children, Jews, Christians and Muslims. He passionately, boldly and perceptively analyzes the importance of religion and culture on the peace process. One of his powerful new ideas is "remythification." "We relate to each other mythically," he states. Our myths are born of culture, religion, politics, history, and current events. In order to create bridges, we must be prepared to challenge some myths and honour others. His detailed "Practical Applications" is bold and sensitive, and above all, wise, making it a great and useful book for all who seek peace.
Read the stunningly beautiful dedication (to his daughter.) It speaks volumes about the man who is Marc Gopin.
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Marc Gopin's Holy War, Holy Peace is a wise book that offers new hope for peacemakers, both at the political level, and for the general population. Gopin's theory is that religion can, and should, be used to create bridges, not walls, between Abraham's children, Jews, Christians and Muslims. He passionately, boldly and perceptively analyzes the importance of religion and culture on the peace process. One of his powerful new ideas is "remythification." "We relate to each other mythically," he states. Our myths are born of culture, religion, politics, history, and current events. In order to create bridges, we must be prepared to challenge some myths and honour others. His detailed "Practical Applications" is bold and sensitive, and above all, wise, making it a great and useful book for all who seek peace.
Read the stunningly beautiful dedication (to his daughter.) It speaks volumes about the man who is Marc Gopin.
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For those who still hold out some hope for the power of religion to help build lasting peace, Marc Gopin's book is one of the best works available as a guide to just how important and just how difficult the work is. One could indeed wish that this book were a little more tightly organized, but the true, underlying factor is the degree of difficulty that Gopin has attempted in terms of personal and theological honesty. This is a painful book to read at many points, and it takes religious people right to the brink of despair in terms of ever finding enough truly common ground to move even the most religious to deeper relationships of peace and justice. Those looking for easy, pat answers will be profoundly disappointed by the book. Those looking for easy rationales for taking sides in religious, political and military conflict will be annoyed. But those looking for seasoned and searching guidance in some of the hardest and most urgent issues facing religious people today will find much wisdom and much reason for renewed reflection. Despite hard experiences that have clearly challenged the core of his faith identity, Gopin still believes that religions have the power to bring about a better world for everyone, even where conflict seems the most intractable. We need to hope he is right, for all our sakes. Not an easy book on any level, but a worthwhile one. I expect another volume that develops many of the individual themes more fully.
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IS this the same marc gopin which gave a raving positive upshot to r rubenstein's book Aristotle's Children?? A book packed full of shoody half baked biased personal opinions??
Yep, its him all right..
Would not go near this tabloid trash.
Amen
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