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Title: Recognition and Restraint
Subtitle: Collaborating for a Just Peace across the Abrahamic Traditions
Author(s): TYLER, Aaron
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 23 Issue: 2 Date: 2013
In today’s global geopolitical context, where religiously fueled violence continues to stimulate conflict and exacerbate rival narratives, religious voices committed to the work of reconciliation are constantly mining their traditions for those scriptured and historical assets advocating for a just peace. Given the contemporary landscapes of religious extremism, this effort toward just peacemaking is particularly important for the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In exploring the theological and practical roots of just peacemaking across the Abrahamic religions, two underlying concepts stand out: restraint and recognition. While not necessarily virtues in themselves, these concepts represent two indispensable and life-affirming means within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam necessary for achieving the interwoven virtues of justice and peace. This article explores the textual, historical, and ritual resources advocating restraint and recognition within and across the Abrahamic faith traditions. It investigates how these two concepts are understood and employed in violent conflicts affected by religious extremism. Moreover, this paper will demonstrate how these two faith-informed concepts might be harnessed in a more deliberate way to help facilitate more inclusive, cooperative, and inter-faith strategies for just peacemaking.