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Islam in the Syrian War: Spotting the Various Dimensions of Religion in Conflict
AuthorLakitsch, Maximilian
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Religions, 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 8, 236-1-236-17
Published2018
LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)religion and conflict / religious violence / religious peacebuilding / Islam in conflict / jihad
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubg:3-4987 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOI10.3390/rel9080236 
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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.

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