Religion and Peacemaking Web Links

Below are links to resources primarily in English that provide substantive content on religion and peacemaking activities of various faiths, with a particular focus on specific topics: the work of Catholic groups, faith-based NGOs, Islamic perspectives on peace, and "just war" doctrine.

These links complement the following Institute Special Reports:

  1. Catholic Contributions to International Peace
  2. Faith-Based NGOs and International Peacebuilding
  3. Islamic Perspectives on Peace and Violence
  4. Would an Invasion of Iraq be a "Just" War"?
  5. Building Interreligious Trust in a Climate of Fear: An Abrahamic Trialogue
  6. Can Faith-Based NGOs Advance Interfaith Reconciliation? The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

These web links also support the activities of the Institute's Religion and Peacemaking Initiative.

Faith-Based Non-Governmental Organizations

Building Peace through Development

Conflict Prevention

Interfaith Dialogue and Reconciliation


Peace Education in the U.S.


Islamic Area Studies

  • Columbia University - Area Studies, Middle East Studies: Islam
    Substantial links from Columbia University to all aspects of Islam, including prayer times and calendars, Islamic texts, dictionaries and encyclopedias, organizations, and Islamic law.
  • Islamic Studies, Islam, Arabic, Religion
    Comprehensive information and links compiled by Professor Godlas at the University of Georgia, including history, culture, images, Muslim women, and a glossary of Islamic terms.
  • Islamic Studies Pathways
    A listing of Islamic studies' resources on the Internet compiled by Dr. Bary R. Bunt, from the University of Wales in Lampeter including annotated links to Qur'an texts, multi-media sites, media sources, and political organizations.

Religious Peace Organizations


  • Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
    Web site includes information on news and events, on-going programs and sections on conflict transformation, restorative justice, a resource catalog of publications, and links to related web sites.



Church of the Brethren

  • On Earth Peace Assembly
    Web site of a "non-profit organization grounded in the Church of the Brethren" with information on the vision and mission of the organization, current news, a OEPA newsletter and descriptions of programs, such as a Peace Academy and Ministry of Reconciliation.




  • Jewish Peace Fellowship
    Web site has news and information, articles, reports and sections on specific activities and areas of concern, such as the Middle East or social justice. Also includes a newsletter, other publications and links to related web sites.






University-based Centers for the study of Religion and Conflict Resolution

Selected Biographies

  • Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988)
    Also known as Bacha Khan, Pashtun political and spiritual leader. Led a movement of Pashtu Muslim nonviolence. Biography and photos available.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931- )
    Former Archbishop of Cape Town and winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. His biography and Nobel lecture are available from the Nobel Committee. He was later named head of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and founded the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in South Africa.
  • Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)
    An account of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Romero in March 1980 is in the El Salvador Truth Commission Report, part of the U.S. Institute of Peace Library's Digital Collection.
  • Bishop Samuel Ruiz García (1924- )
    Bishop Ruiz García retired as bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico in 1999. He was the co-winner of the 2000 Simón Bolívar prize, awarded by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Brief biographical information and links to the human rights group founded by Samuel Ruiz García appear on the International Committee for the Peace Council web site.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
    Baptist Minister, leader of the U.S. civil rights movement, and winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. The King Center provides a biography, information on programs, a link to the King Papers Project at Stanford University, and a selected bibliography on Dr. King, Civil Rights, and Nonviolence.
  • Maha Ghosananda (1929-2007)
    A Cambodian Buddhist monk who led peace marches through the heart of conflict zones in his native country in order to build support for peace and reconciliation. The Economist magazine provides an eloquent obituary.
  • Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
    A number of biographies and chronologies are available, as well as well-known speeches, quotations, selected letters, and photographs.
  • Monsignor Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (1933- )
    A biography and selected public addresses of Msgr. Sabbah.
  • Sulak Sivaraksa (1933- )
    The Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation offers a biography, speeches and articles, and an overview of the Foundation's work.
  • Thich Nhat Han (1926- )
    A Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and a founder of the "engaged Buddhism" movement. His biography and many published works, as well as podcasts of some of his Dharma Talks.

Selected Documents

Updated: September 24, 2007

September 24, 2007
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