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Religious resurgence, conflict and the transformation of boundaries

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The facts of religious resurgence, increased religious diversity and increasing religious conflict raise issues about the nature, construction and negotiation of the boundaries between and within religions groups. There is a large literature that argues that religious conflict is inevitable and will be overwhelming. Persistent and increasing religious conflict taking a variety of forms and occurring in a range of intensities, along with evidence of the role of religion in peace building compels a more realistic assessment of interrelgious relations and a renewed exploration of the nature and transformation of religious boundaries. It is also necessary to be mindful of the changing social, cultural and political contexts of the transformation of religious boundaries as the consequences of the end of the Cold War and the transition of some societies from modernity to what is described by some as post- or high-modernity.

Keywords: Cold War; modernity; religious resurgence



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