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Tanya B. Schwarz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hollins University. In 2016-2017, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she completed the book. Her research focuses on the role of religion in international politics and she was the winner of the 2017 Peace Dissertation Prize from the United States Institute of Peace. Tanya has published in International Studies Quarterly and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
1. Introduction: Religion, FBOs, and Peacebuilding - What Are We Missing? / 2. Religion as Ontological Discourse: Critical Reflexivity in FBO Scholarship / 3. International Justice Mission – A “Christian” Human Rights Organization? / 4. The Taizé Community – Reimagining the Role of Prayer in Peace and Reconciliation / 5. Religions for Peace – A “Multi-Religious” Approach to Peacebuilding / 6. Conclusion
Schwarz's reflexive analysis of the motivations and practices of faith based organizations sets a new standard for interpretivist research on religion and politics. This book seeks to uncover how these organizations understand their own values and identities and how these, in turn, shape their strategies. Schwarz teaches us not only about religious identity, prayer, and transnational peacebuilding, but about what nuanced international relations research on religion should look like.
— Ron E. Hassner, author of Religion on the Battlefield
The issue of the impact of transnational faith-based organisations is both topical and controversial. Tanya B. Schwarz examines transnational faith-based organisations in a particularly controversial and topical context: do such entities 'do good' or are they more likely to 'do harm'? Her perceptive, timely and well-researched book examines an interesting phenomenon: transnational faith-based peacebuilding entities. It will be read with profit by anyone who wishes to understand more about this interesting and under-researched phenomenon.
— Jeffrey Haynes, Professor of Politics, London Metropolitan University
This last chapter is particularly indicative of how this book is remarkable for the way its reflexive approach honors and presents emic understandings of FBOs members via a sophisticated and nuance dialogued with not only the researchers' own positionality but also with both theory and findings from relevant academic literature. . . Faith-Based Organizations in Transnational Peacebuilding will be a welcome addition to academic libraries.
— International Journal on World Peace