First Advisor

Harry Anastasiou

Date of Publication

Spring 9-1-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Conflict Resolution


Conflict Resolution




Arab-Israeli conflict -- Religious aspects, Religion and politics -- Israel, Religion and politics -- Palestine, Jewish-Arab relations -- 21st century



Physical Description

1 online resource (iii, 53 pages)


The role of religion in politics has been rising to the forefront of history in the Middle East for a number of decades and more so since 9/11, raising significant questions as to whether religion functions as a catalyst for conflict or peace. This thesis focuses specifically on the role of religion in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the manner in which actors incorporate religion into their national politics. In doing so, the inquiry focuses on the proponents of religion on both the Jewish and the Palestinian sides in addressing a) territorial rights, b) interpretations in the use of deadly force and violence, and c) interpretations of the final political goal to be attained. In the context of the broader nationalism of each side, the study reflects on different approaches to religion and how they may provide perspectives that are either catalytic to conflict or catalytic to building peace. In this light, the inquiry of this thesis analyzes and contrasts religious nationalism and pro-peace religiosity, concluding with implications and directives for conflict resolution.


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