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Religions 2018, 9(8), 236; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9080236

Islam in the Syrian War: Spotting the Various Dimensions of Religion in Conflict

Department of Comparative Political and Legal Studies (Institute of Legal Foundations), University of Graz, Graz 8010, Austria
Received: 6 July 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 3 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Muslim Ethics in the Global Medina)
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Religion has been a determining factor in the recent Syrian war since its beginnings, as a prominent identity marker as well as a motivational aspect on the path of jihad. This paper seeks to contribute to a more thorough understanding of the conflict dynamics in Syria by adequately describing the role of religion in the war. Its comprehensive approach takes into account various ontological manifestations of religion: as an identity, a discourse, in its doctrinal aspect as a set of teachings, and in its significance for the individual believer. In doing so, the paper will focus on Sunni Islam as the focal point of the most crucial intersections of religion and conflict in Syria. Finally, religion will be described as a resource for reconciliation in Syria. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion and conflict; religious violence; religious peacebuilding; Islam in conflict; jihad religion and conflict; religious violence; religious peacebuilding; Islam in conflict; jihad
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