PATTERNS OF VIOLENCE: RELIGION AND THE FRAMING OF DIFFERENCES

Lucien van Liere

Abstract


This article seeks to understand three motives that are closely linked with violence:
distance, impersonality and reciprocity. These three general human features
contribute highly to the persistence of violence in different contexts. Analyzing
religion-related violence means understanding the human preconditions for the
appearance of violence. These preconditions are not religious per se, but can be
inaugurated, conserved or enhanced by faiths or religions, resulting into a higher
complexity of the violent conflict. The aim of this article is to show how this process
works, how different and complex influences from local faiths to globalization(s) can
change or even transform a conflict into religion-related violence. To do this, the
three motives will be discussed to the background op de so-called Kuta bombing in
2002. Finally, this article will emphasize the notion that religion-related conflicts
need a religious perspective to work towards a possible solution.

Keywords


Religion-related Violence, Distance, Impersonality, Reciprocity, Identity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-608

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