Muslim and Christian Leaders Working Together

Building Reconciliation in the Sierra Leone Conflict

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    Abstract

    This article examines the work of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) from an interreligious peace-building perspective. The study shows the importance of the personal motivation and commitment of religious leaders in peace-building. Thus, churches and mosques have the capacity to motivate and mobilize people into peace-building and reconciliation. Also, traditional African cleansing and healing rituals has enabled community-building among Islamic and Christian practices, demonstration that organized religions is a channel for people at the grass roots level, and a tool for national reconciliation. The results of this study argue that Muslims and Christians have common values and common ground which they can use in the midst of conflict to mediate peace.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Pan African Studies
    Volume8
    Issue number9
    Pages (from-to)79-96
    Number of pages18
    ISSN0888-6601
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 5201 Political History

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    Muslim and Christian Leaders Working Together : Building Reconciliation in the Sierra Leone Conflict. / Portaankorva, Jari.

    In: Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 8, No. 9, 01.12.2015, p. 79-96.

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