Being Muslim and working for peace: Group identification, religious beliefsets and political behaviour in Gujarat

While social scientists ingreasingly share the assumption that religion can generally escalate as much as de-escalate conflict, the reconstruction of this ambivalence on the micro-level of religious identity and social action is still in its infancy. This empirical case study led to the identificati...

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Main Author: Susewind, Raphael
Format: Arbeit
Language: English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2009
Politikwissenschaft
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Summary: While social scientists ingreasingly share the assumption that religion can generally escalate as much as de-escalate conflict, the reconstruction of this ambivalence on the micro-level of religious identity and social action is still in its infancy. This empirical case study led to the identification of four ideal-typical ways in which religious beliefs, group identification processes and political behaviour can interact among Muslim peace activists in Gujarat, India. „Faith-based actors“ and „secular leaders“ represent static and clear configurations, while „emancipating women“ and „doubting professionals“ provide first hints to differentiate the hypothesis of ambivalence.