Books by Faculty

What Is a Madrasa?

University of North Carolina Press, 2015

Ebrahim Moosa introduces readers to the world of the madrasa—the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world—providing an informative resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox Islam in global affairs.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Oxford University Press, 2015

Scott Appleby, David Little and Atalia Omer provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary account of the scholarship on religion, conflct and peacebuilding.

Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians

Herald Press, 2014

This book by international mediator John Paul Lederach serves as a guidebook for church groups, families or individuals seeking a scriptural view of reconciliation and practical steps for transforming conflict.

Regional Organizations and Peacebuilding: Challengers to the UN?

Routledge, 2014

This book, edited by Peter Wallensteen and Anders Bjurner, analyzes the new and difficult roles of regional organizations in peacemaking after the end of the Cold War and how they relate to the United Nations.

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict

Woodrow Wilson Center Press/John Hopkins University Press, 2013

Asher Kaufman studies one of the flash points of the Middle East since the 1960s—a tiny region of roughly 100 square kilometers where Syria, Lebanon and Israel come together but where the borders have never been clearly marked.

Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action

Rienner, 2013

This volume, co-edited by Adam Lupel and Ernesto Verdeja and a project of the International Peace Institute, explores the causes of genocide and mass atrocities, examining the challenges involved in forging effective international policies to mitigate genocidal violence.

Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding

Syracuse University Press, 2013

This volume, edited by Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja, considers how global capitalism affects peace processes. By including the work of anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists, it presents a broad yet thorough exploration of the complexities of peacebuilding in a global market economy

When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice

University of Chicago Press, 2013

Atalia Omer cuts to the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, navigating complex arguments about ethnicity, boundaries and peace while highlighting groups that provide urgently needed resources for conflict analysis and peacebuilding.

Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives

Routledge, 2013

This book, edited by Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja, provides an interdisciplinary overview of recent scholarship in genocide studies.

Religious Nationalism: A Reference Handbook

ABC-CLIO, 2013

Written by Atalia Omer and Jason Springs, this book tackles the assumptions behind common understandings of religious nationalism, exploring the complex connections between religion, nationalism, conflict, and conflict transformation.

I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone

University of California Press, 2012

Catherine Bolten's book tells the story of how ordinary Sierra Leoneans survived the decade-long war that devastated their country. The book illuminates a social world based on love, compassion, material exchange, and nurturing.

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Princeton University Press, 2012

Gary Goertz and James Mahoney identify and discuss major differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods while seeking to promote tolerance and exchange of ideas.

What Is War?

Brill, 2012

International law has lacked a widely accepted definition of armed conflict, despite the essential human rights and other rules that depend on such a definition. This book, edited by Mary Ellen O'Connell, contains the report of the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force and papers delivered at an interdisciplinary conference to inform the committee.

International Dispute Resolution: Cases and Materials (2nd ed.)

Carolina Academic Press, 2012

This book is designed to assist in lawyers in preparing to practice international dispute resolution. It is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, inquiry, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication.

Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa

Notre Dame Press, 2011

From the Kroc Institute Series on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. This book illustrates the nature of religion’s ambivalent power in Africa while suggesting new directions in the study of religion, conflict, and peace studies, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Understanding Conflict Resolution (3rd ed.)

SAGE Publications, 2011

Peter Wallensteen's highly popular text links conflict resolution theory to real-world cases, exploring ongoing situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, the Côte d'Ivoire, Iran, Pakistan and the Arab democratic wave from a conflict resolution perspective. 

When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation

Oxford University Press, 2011

John Paul Lederach and his daughter Angela Jill Lederach propose new ways of understanding healing and peacebuilding in traumatized communities, showing how communities can recover and reconnect through the power of making music, creating metaphors, and telling their extraordinary stories of suffering and survival.

Peace Research: Theory and Practice

Routledge, 2011

Peter Wallensteen's book presents an overview of key issues in peace research, which has become one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of war and conflict studies.The book presents articles on such key issues in peace research as the causes of war, conflict data, conflict diplomacy, non-violent sanctions and third-party diplomacy, demonstrating how basic research can be conducted in fields often seen as ‘unresearchable’ and ‘too complicated to deal with.’

Ending Obama's War: Responsible Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Paradigm, 2011

David Cortright's critical analysis of U.S./NATO military policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan examines alternative strategies for preventing terrorist insurgency.

The Go Between

United States Institute of Peace, 2010

This book, co-authored by Peter Wallensteen, explores international mediation through the lens of Ambassador Jan Eliasson.