What is Peacebuilding? The Dynamic State of affairs inwhich the reduction & management of violence & the achievement of social & economic justice are undertaken as mutual, reinforcingdimensions of constructive change
What is Peacebuilding (cont)?Sustainable transformation of conflict requires more than the (necessary) problem solving associated withmediation, negotiated settlements, &other elements of conflict resolution; it requires the redress of legitimate grievances & the establishment of new relations characterized by equality & fairness according to the dictates of human dignity and the common good
“If you want peace, work for justice” Pope Paul VI Qur’an: Chapter 5, Verse 8 “Be just, that is the closest thing to pious faith.
In the Name of God, The Most Compassionate,The Most Merciful
Peacebuilding Proposals • Muslim Condemnations of Violence • Research on Islam and Nonviolence • Educating Progressive Imams • Debate US Foreign Policy in the ME
Challenge for MuslimsTo Develop a Theology of Healing & Embrace (ta`aruf)
Surah Hujurat: 49 Verse 13• O Humankind!• We created you from a male and a female,• fashioned you into nations and tribes,• So that you might come to know and recognize each other• [li ta’arufu] (not despise each other).• Surely, the most noble and honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you (i.e. the best in conduct).• Lo! God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.