In collaboration with Islamic Relief, the Salam Institute contributed to the “Islamic Relief Toolkit,” a practical resource for organizations working in conflict zones and fragile Muslim contexts. The Salam Institute took part in designing the toolkit as resource for Muslim and non- Muslim organizations to enjoy a basic level of information about Islam, conceptual points relevant to the ” humanitarian” sector, and an introduction to the common cultural dynamics relevant to working with Muslim communities living in conflict.
The toolkit enhances awareness of key religious and cultural differences for practitioners and of the critical role of Islam in the social and political life of Muslim communities, where it provides a source of legitimacy upon which notions of truth, justice and peace are built. As a result, awareness of and sensitivity to the Islamic faith can be invaluable in seeking to build community resilience to conflict.
“Say Peace…” Islamic Perspectives on Conflict Resolution: a Manual for Muslim Communities<
“Islam” means “peace.” This is a familiar statement to many, but one that needs to be better understood within our society today. “Islam” means “peace”, yet Muslim communities continue to struggle with conflict daily. How do we find peace? How do we make peace? How do we act in our day-to-day lives as Muslims in a way that reflects Islam as a source of peace? How do we help those around us make peace? How do we respond with peace when others are not acting peaceably? In this world, the reality is that peace is struggle. Peace does not come easy. It takes effort to make peace and it takes effort to sustain peace. The good news is that we have guidance and tools that can help us in supporting peace in our lives and the lives of those around us.
This “…Say Peace” manual was developed gradually by Dr. Amr Abdallah over many years through collaboration with a variety of contributors and supporters. It aims to help Muslim communities translate the understanding of Islam as peace into practical knowledge and skills that can help them transform how they operate within conflict and help others around them in transforming conflict situations. Grounded in an Islamic worldview, and with an understanding of the diversity of Muslim communities, this manual brings together Islamic sources of peacebuilding and conflict resolution with experience and methods from the larger multidisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution into a training resource that strives to be relevant to daily life.
The manual is divided into eight sections with most containing an overview, activities and exercises, as wells as a longer section with background reading.
2.) Fundamentals of Islamic Perspective on Conflict Resolution
3.) Conflict Definitions and Mapping
4.) Context and Relationship
5.) The Eight Essential Elements of Conflict
6.) An Islamic Model for Conflict Intervention
7.) Training Modules
8.) Authors‘ Biographies
9.) Appendix 1: Sample Hand-outs for Workshops
10.) Appendix 2: Common Grounds & Comparative Study of Maqasid
11.) Appendix 3: Glossary of Arabic Names and Terms
Not designed as a book of theory to be read, this manual was developed to support an interactive approach to training. Through role-plays and other activities, participants engage with the content, practice skills, and reflect on their experiences.