Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:52am

What is a realistic idea of peace?

Peace is most commonly thought of as something governments deliver to people by negotiating or applying strategic violence to end particular conflicts or wars.

What does this idea of peace leave out? How can we think about peace in ways that broaden it beyond something the powerful give to the weak? Where do we look for peacemaking in the practices of ordinary people in everyday life?

In their new book of essays, “Women and Peace in the Islamic World,” Arizona State University professors and co-editors Yasmin Saikia and Chad Haines...

Spotlight, Publication Feature
Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:11pm

The People’s Peace conference on April 16th and 17th at the Center seeks to generate further attention to the lived experiences that people draw upon to become agents of peace.  The conference participants will explore how peace can be best realized when it is put into service by people through their own initiatives by looking at a variety of case studies from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Here is the...

Event Story
Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:19pm

Erik Lundin describes himself as a “non-traditional student.” The 29-year-old religious studies senior practiced screenwriting and songwriting in Los Angeles for several years before returning to ASU with a clearer vision of his academic goals.

Lundin also describes his path to the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict's undergraduate fellows program as a “fortunate coincidence.” He learned of the program at a center-sponsored lecture by scholar Stephen Prothero, and entered the...

Spotlight, Student Feature
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:08pm

The media shapes our perception of the world, oftentimes advancing stereotypes and partial truths.

Nowhere does this seem more true than in relation to women in the Muslim world. Join us for a panel discussion with a group of Pakistani women to hear their stories without the filter of the media.

This free public event, “Beyond the Hijab: Pakistani Women’s Perspectives,” will be held at 6:00pm, Thursday, March 26, in West Hall, room 135, on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The five panelists are all faculty of English Literature at Kinnaird College for Women, which has been...

Event Announcement, Spotlight
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:02pm

The past decade has seen a noticeable upswing in extreme acts of violence perpetrated in the context of radical social and religious movements: from the Taliban shooting of young school children, to the kidnapping of girls and wholesale rampaging of villages by the Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the brutal violence of ISIS in Iraq.

The acts of violence, the targets, and the rippling impact of global and government responses are tearing communities apart across the Muslim world. The headlines are replete with images of self-proclaimed protectors of Islam perpetrating heinous crimes...

Event Announcement
Sun, 02/01/2015 - 1:53pm

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict is very pleased to announce a call for applications to the “Friends of the Center Awards” which provide research/travel funds up to $2,500. These awards are designed to deepen student’s practical knowledge and understanding about religion, conflict, and peacebuilding through attendance at reputable, internationally-oriented peacebuilding training programs, or to support research activities that advance understanding of the intersections of religion and conflict. These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of...

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