Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace is a publication of the Plowshares peace studies collaborative of Earlham and Goshen Colleges and Manchester University. As such, it arises from the perspectives of the three historic peace churches-Society of Friends, Church of the Brethren, and the Mennonite Church-associated with the colleges that compose the collaborative, but the journal is interested in the contributions of all religious traditions to questions about religion, conflict, and peace. It addresses both the problem of religion and conflict and the possibility and practices of religion and peace. Since naming the problem can sometimes be easier than identifying the possibilities, we are especially interested in submissions that give particular attention to peace. Articles may address everything from interpersonal relationships to international politics and draw from any discipline or combination of disciplines that can illuminate the journal's central concerns. The journal also seeks field reports and case studies from peace practitioners who are working in conflict zones, devising peace processes, or otherwise actively applying peace theory. While the journal's first audience is scholars from a variety of disciplines, articles should be relevant and accessible to peace practitioners and anyone else concerned about these themes. Peers will review submissions.

Articles of up to 8000 words and case studies of up to 3000 words can be sent electronically to Each article should be accompanied by complete contact information, a short abstract, and a brief biographical note outlining the author's credentials and, where appropriate, affiliation. All articles published in Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace must be original and exclusive. Submission deadlines are March 1 for fall issues and September 1 for spring issues.

Manuscripts must be prepared as MS Word documents or RTF files. Please double space the text, block quotations, and endnotes, leaving one inch margins all around. Style must conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. 2003.

Copyright of articles is retained by the author. Authors must agree to give open access to their work, provided users give proper credit to the author and do not alter the work in any way.


Topics of Interest

The journal considers articles on any topic related to the role of religion in peacebuilding and conflict. Special consideration will be given to the more specific topics of

  • Religion and nationalism
  • Religion and gender
  • Religion and the environment
  • Religion in American exceptionalism
  • Religious fundamentalism in politics
  • Religion and economics
  • Faith-based organizations in conflict zones
  • Transhuman ethics


Manuscript Guidelines

Papers selected for publication in Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace will be returned to writers after the jury process with queries to the author and requests for changes. Final work should conform to these guidelines.

  1. Submit articles of up to 8,000 words.
  2. Use The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition, as the authority on style and grammar.
  3. Write in an academic style, but one that is accessible to users from other disciplines. The journal is multi-disciplinary. Do not assume that all users will understand the terminology of your field of study.
  4. Place notes at the end of the article as endnotes.
  5. Double space the manuscript, including block quotations.
  6. Use roman type at 11 points with 1 inch margins all around.
  7. Do not use other formatting, such as single spacing for quotations, various type faces, varieties of type sizes for headings or subheadings.
  8. Use tabs for indents, not spaces.
  9. Provide an abstract of about 100 words.
  10. Provide a biographical note about the author.
  11. Provide two to six key words for electronic searching.
  12. Verify that all material is original or properly cited.



Book Review Guidelines

The journal provides a free copy of the book to each reviewer six months before publication. Deadlines for book reviews are June 1 for the fall issue and January 1 for the spring issue. Contact the managing editor at to request a book to review. Use the following guidelines for your review and submit the completed review to A list of titles for review follows the guidelines.

1. Book reviews may contain up to 1000 words; Book review essays may run as long as 8000 words.

2. Provide a complete bibliography (Chicago Manual of Style).

3. Review may include:
• A brief summary of the work and previous contributions of the author
• A critique (weaknesses, strengths, problems, new insights)
• A conclusion with a recommendation to readers

4. Include the reviewer’s full name and institution (for identification purposes only)

5. Double space the review, using one inch margins all around, and Times New Roman (11 pt).

6. Use the tab key to indent. Do not use spaces to indent.

7. Write in an academic style, but one that is accessible to users from other disciplines. The journal is multi-disciplinary. Do not assume that all users will understand the terminology of your field of study.

8. Do not use other formatting, such as single spacing for quotations, various type faces, varieties of type sizes for headings or subheadings.

9. Verify that all material is original or properly cited.

10. Send the file electronically to


Titles for Review


American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Chris Hedges. Free Press, 2008.

Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine. Marcelo Svirsky. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012.

Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace. Douglas P. Fry. Oxford University Press, 2007.

The Body Unbound: Philosophical Perspectives on Politics, Embodiment and Religion. Marius Timmann Mjaaland, Ola Sigurdson, and Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, eds. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

Books, Not Bombs. Charles F. Howlett and Ian Harris. Information Age Publishing, 2010.

Buddhist Warfare. Michael jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field. Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein. Kumarian Press, 2009.

Church, State, and Citizen: Christian Approaches to Political Engagement. Sandra F. Joireman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Civil Rights in Wartime: The Post-9/11 Sikh Experience. Dawinder S. Sidhu and Neha Singh Gohil. United Kingdom: Ashgate, 2009.

The Critical Classroom: Education for Liberation and Movement Building. Walda Katz-Fishman, Rose Brewer, and Lisa Albrecht. Project Soputh (

Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God. Eric A. Seibert. Fortress Press, 2009.

Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century. Jay Winter. Yale University Press, 2008.

Embracing Israel/Palestine. Michael Lerner. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2011.

The Ethics and Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism. Charles Webel and John Arnaldi, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011.

Following 9/11: Religion Coverage in the New York Times. Christopher Vecsey. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence. Terry Rynne. Orbis Books, 2008.

Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qaeda. Mark Juergensmeyer. University of California Press, 2009.

God and His Demons. Michael Parenti. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Boos, 2010.

Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World. Ken Beller and Heather Chase.
Sedona, Ariz.: LTS Press.

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandi and His Struggle with India. Joseph Lelyveld. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context. Eileen F. Babbitt and Ellen L. Lutz, eds. Syracuse University Press, 2009.

I Don’t Believe in Atheists. Chris Hedges. Free Press, 2008.

Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East. Nathan C. Funk and Abdul Aziz Said. Rienner Publishers, 2008.

Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation. Daniel Philpott. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Justice and Rights: Christian and Muslim Perspectives. Michael Ipgrave. Georgetown University Press, 2009.

Justice in Love. Nicholas Wolterstorff. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011.

The Lessons of Nonviolence: Theory and Practice in a World of Conflict. Tom H. Hastings.
McFarland and Company, 2006. (Reviewed Fall 2007)

Militarizing Men. Maya Eichler. Stanford University Press, 2012.

Mohandas K. Gandhi:  The Last Eighteen Years. Sterling Olmsted, Mike Heller, Ruth Olmsted, eds. Wilmington, OH: Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, 2011.  

National Minority, Regional Majority: Palestinian Arabs Versus Jews in Israel. Yitzhak Reiter. Syracuse University Press, 2009.

Necessary Evils: Amnesties and the Search for Justice. Mark Freeman. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Peace: A World History. Antony Adolf. Polity Press, 2009. ‘

People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity. Howard Clark. Pluto Press, 2009.

Politics and Religion in Japan. Roy Starrs, ed. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from New Research on Well-Being. Derek Bok. Princeton University Press, 2010.

A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust, and the Lives of Andre and Magda Trocme. Richard P. Unsworth. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012.

Protecting Civilians during Violent Conflict: Theoretical and Practical Issues for the 21st Century. David W. Lovell and igor Primoratz. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012.

Pursuing Just Peace: An Overview and Case Studies for Faith-Based Peacebuilders. Mark Rogers, Tom Bamat, and Julie Ideh. Catholic Relief Services, 2008.

Reason and the Politics of Tolerance: How Christianity Builds Democracy. Marie Eisenstein. Baylor University Press, 2008.

Religion and Conflict Resolution: Christianity and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Megan Shore. Ashgate, 2009.

Religion and Violence: Critical Concepts in Sociology. Johannes Wolfhart and Brad Verter. Routledge, forthcoming in 2008.

Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism and the State. Mohammed Ayoob and Hasan Kosebalaban. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.

Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland. John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins, and Francis Teeney. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Religion, Conflict and Military Intervention. Rosemary Durward and Lee Marsden, eds. University of East Anglia, 2009.

Religion, Terror and Violence: Religious Studies Perspectives. Philip Tite and Bryan Rennie. Routledge, 2008.

Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding. Lisa Schirch. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2005.

South Asian Cooperation and the Role of the Punjabs. Tridivesh Singh Maini. Siddharth Publications. New Delhi. (Reviewed Spring 2008)

Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence. Jok Madut Jok. Oneworld Publishers, 2007. (Reviewed Spring 2008)

Tabernacle of Hate: Seduction into Right-Wing Extremism, second edition. Kerry Noble. Syracuse University Press, 2010.

Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future. Susan Gelber Cannon. Information Age Publishing, 2011.

Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland. Lee Smithey. Oxford University Press, 2011. 

When Religion Becomes Evil. Charles Kimball. HarperOne, 2008.

When War Ends: Building Peace in Divided Communities. David J. Francis, editor. Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012.

When Religion Becomes Lethal. Charles Kimball. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict. Joshua S. Goldstein. New York: Penguin, 2012.

Who Are the Real Chosen People? The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Reuven Firestone. SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2008.

World Religions and Norms of War. Vesselin Popovski, Gregory M. Reichberg, and Nicholas Turner, eds. United Nations University Press, 2009.

World without War, Donald Raymond Thompson. Washington, DC: Del Sol Press, 2012.




Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace. Copyright © 2013.
Published by Plowshares: a Peace Studies Collaborative of Earlham and Goshen Colleges and Manchester University. Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.
Readers may duplicate articles and quote from the journal without permission, provided no changes are made in the text and full credit is given to the author.