The Role of Religion in Conflict Resolution

Original Research

The Role of Religion in Conflict Resolution

Chinedu Felix  Anakwue, and Stella Chinweudo Ekwueme

Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies | Vol 9, No 1 | © 2021 Anakwue and Ekwueme

| This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 March 2021 | Published: 24 August 2021

About the author(s)

Chinedu F. Anakwue is a postgraduate student in the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University

of Nigeria, Nsukka

Stella C. Ekwueme, PhD, is a lecturer in the Department of Religion and Cultural Studies,

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

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Today, there are many conflicts around the world. More often, the issues in conflicts are traceable to religion by some scholars. And this seems to make religion one of the causes of conflict in the society. Most of the time, religion is viewed as a motive for conflict and has emerged as a key component in many current and past conflicts. However, religion does not always drive violence; it is also an integral factor in the resolution of conflict and reconciliation process. Religion touches upon the deepest levels of identity. It can mobilize people for war, but also for lasting peace. Religion in many parts of the world is contributing to violent conflict, although exaggerated in many cases.  But, religion is a source  not  only  of intolerance,  human  rights  violations,  and  extremist  violence,  but  also  of  non-violent  conflict transformation,  the  defense  of  human  rights,  integrity  in  government,  and  reconciliation  and stability in divided societies. So, this paper addresses the role of religion in conflict resolution. It looks into what religion can do to help build peace in the society, to reduce violence and save lives. To achieve the aim of this research, qualitative method of research was adopted, which helped the researchers to be descriptive in presenting their findings  


Religion, Conflict, Resolution