Daniel Philpott’s book, Just and Unjust Peace, can be regarded as a milestone for policymakers and academics looking for ways that go beyond the liberal peace frameworks. As a “student” of international relations and religion, I see the book as a tremendous contribution to the conversations surrounding conflict transformation and peacebuilding. In this short essay, I am not evaluating the myriad possibilities the book offers in multiple fields. Rather, I would like to convey two important implications of Philpott’s approach for those of us sitting at the intersection of religion and international affairs.Read the rest of Relevance of religious episteme in search of a just peace.
Nukhet Sandal is a postdoctoral scholar at the Watson Institute of International Studies and she is one of the co-founders of the Religion and Internationalism Project at Brown University. Her research interests include religion and international affairs, politics of divided societies and international relations theory. Sandal has articles (published or forthcoming) in the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Alternatives, Political Studies, Human Rights Quarterly and Canadian Journal of Political Science. Her book (with Jonathan Fox), Religion in International Relations Theory: Concepts, Tools, and Debates, is forthcoming in 2013 from Routledge.