Rethinking the role of Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic institutions in post-conflict state building
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This thesis develops a model that can be used to assess the ability of religious institutions to contribute to post-conflict state building. Highlighting the tendency in state building literature to stop short in discussing what seems to be inferred, but unnameable—religion—the research proposes a framework that identifies theoretical mechanisms through which religious institutions can contribute to post-conflict state building. Drawing from the theologies of Roman Catholicism and Sunni Islam the thesis then reflects upon why they would, of their own accord, lend their considerable legitimacy and resources. The thesis diverges from traditional approaches such as rational choice theory that suggest religious institutions act to maximise membership or assets, and instead embraces a teleological view recognizing the importance of belief structures in understanding a religious institution’s motivations. It embraces salvation as a hermeneutical key to outline a Roman Catholic theology of state building while drawing upon the concept of justice for Sunni Islam. The thesis concludes by incorporating the particularistic nuances of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unique historically and culturally influenced religious practices, structures and theologies to suggest the ability and willingness of the two religions’ institutions to contribute to their country’s state building.
Thesis, PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Embargo Date: 2022-05-08
Embargo Reason: Thesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 8th May 2022, pending formal approval
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