Religious Dimensions of Conflict and Violence
In this public lecture, Rogers Brubaker will talk about the distinctive ways in which religion can inform political conflict and violence.
Rogers Brubaker. Photo: University of California
The lecture will be based on his paper Religious Dimensions of Political Conflict and Violence.
The paper seeks to develop a nuanced and qualified account of the distinctive ways in which religion can inform political conflict and violence. It seeks to transcend the opposition between particularizing stances, which see religiously informed political conflicts as sui generis and uniquely intractable, and generalizingstances, which assimilate religiously informed political conflicts to other forms of political conflict.
The paper specifies the distinctively religious stakes of certain political conflicts, informed by distinctively religious understandings of right order, as well as the distinctiveness of religion as a rich matrix of interlocking modalities and mechanisms that—in certain contexts—can contribute to political conflict and violence even when the stakes are not distinctively religious. At the same time, the paper shows that many putatively religious conflicts are fundamentally similar to other conflicts over political power, economic resources, symbolic recognition, or cultural reproduction.
Rogers Brubaker is professor of sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.