“We Teach Our Children to See a Human Being”: Women Transforming Religious Conflict in Indonesia

Indonesia is the site of recent violent conflicts between Christians and Muslims. Women, largely absent from official peace proceedings, nevertheless play a key role in on-the-ground efforts to transform violent conflict, through their everyday work as both formal and informal educators teaching the...

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Published in:International journal of practical theology
Main Author: Mercer, Joyce Ann
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:International journal of practical theology
Year: 2016, Volume: 20, Issue: 2, Pages: 261-281
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Indonesia / Christian / Muslim / Conflict / Interreligious relations / Peace work / Woman
Further subjects:B Religious Education women peace builders religious conflict Indonesia
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Summary:Indonesia is the site of recent violent conflicts between Christians and Muslims. Women, largely absent from official peace proceedings, nevertheless play a key role in on-the-ground efforts to transform violent conflict, through their everyday work as both formal and informal educators teaching their communities and the next generation how to regard and interact with those who became enemies in conflict. A practical theological framework of everyday religious practice situates the religious dimensions of these conflicts and also of women’s peacebuilding practices. This paper draws upon ethnographic research with women peacebuilders in the Moluccas, exploring intersections of gender with practices of religious education that contribute to the transformation of violent conflicts.
Indonesien war in jüngester Vergangenheit Schauplatz gewaltsamer Konflikte zwischen Christen und Muslimen. Obwohl Frauen von offiziellen Friedensvorgängen meist abwesend sind, tragen sie eine Schlüsselrolle in Bemühungen zur Konfliktbewältigung vor Ort durch ihre tägliche Arbeit als formale und informelle Erzieherinnen. Sie lehren ihre Gemeinschaften und die nächste Generation den Umgang mit denen, die im Konflikt zu Feinden geworden sind. Ein praktisch-theologischer Rahmen von gelebter Alltagsreligion verortet die religiöse Dimension des Konflikts und die Friedensarbeit von Frauen. Dieser Beitrag basiert auf ethnographischer Forschung mit Friedensarbeiterinnen auf den Molukken, die die Űberschneidung von Gender mit religiöser Erziehung zur Konfliktbewältgung untersucht.
ISSN:1612-9768
Contains:In: International journal of practical theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1515/ijpt-2015-0003