Religion, Violence and Cities

Liam O'Dowd (Editor), Martina McKnight (Editor)

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In exploring the connections between religion, violence and cities, the book probes the extent to which religion moderates or exacerbates violence in an increasingly urbanised world. Originating in a five year research project , Conflict in Cities and the Contested State, concerned with Belfast, Jerusalem and other ethno-nationally divided cities, this volume widens the geographical focus to include diverse cities from the Balkans, the Middle East, Nigeria and Japan. In addressing the understudied triangular relationships between religion, violence and cities, contributors stress the multiple forms taken by religion and violence while challenging the compartmentalisation of two highly topical debates – links between religion and violence on the one hand, and the proliferation of violent urban conflicts on the other hand. Their research demonstrates why cities have become so important in conflicts driven by state-building, fundamentalism, religious nationalism, and ethno-religious division and illuminates the conditions under which urban environments can fuel violent conflicts while simultaneously providing opportunities for managing or transforming them.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages138
ISBN (Print)9781138821262
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Religion
  • violence
  • cities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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