CALL FOR PAPERS: JOURNAL OF LIVING TOGETHER
New Militant Movements in Africa and the Middle East
The Journal of Living Together is currently accepting papers for a special issue highlighting the rise of new militant movements and their impact on the societies of Africa and the Middle East.
Throughout history, there have been movements that have adopted violent means as a tool of redress for perceived or inherent injustices. This year, we remember twenty years of the Rwandan Genocide, a barbaric atrocity in which hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were massacred. Much research contends that the seed of Rwanda’s genocide was sown by the Belgian colonial regime, which divided a people that had been living side by side for generations. Since the Rwandan Genocide, more than a million other lives have been lost in Africa as a result of wars that are motivated by socio-cultural and political factors whose primary motive is to gain power and control economic resources.
In addition to the violence perpetrated to control resources is a surge of religious terrorism on the continent. This perilous situation is not unique to Africa. The Middle East has endured a similar crisis for decades. More recently, the Arab Spring which was looked upon with hope has evolved into bloodshed. The instability in the region has given rise to many militant groups operating freely from Iraq to Syria. Today, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), a group founded by disparate Sunni insurgent groups after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, is terrorizing the region almost unchecked. In Nigeria and Cameroon, Boko Haram has captured and slaughtered many innocent citizens in the name of religion. In Kenya and Somalia, Al Shabaab claims it is their faith driving their campaign of kidnapping and killing.
Since the beginning of the new millennium, the number and variety of these terrorist organizations operating freely in Africa and the Middle East has continued to grow with devastating consequences. Only few of these groups or their leaders have received serious study.
In this special issue, we are particularly interested in articles and case studies that address any of the following questions:
- What are the ideological roots of these movements?
- How do these movements deviate from their religious roots?
- What devastating impacts do these movements have on the corresponding society?
- What new tools are available to governments and peace organizations to prevent the
expansion of these groups and to stem terrorism?
- What models or means used in the past have helped to curb the activities of similar groups?
- Also to be considered are in-depth scholarly biographies of leaders of these
Articles sought are those written within the last decade and shall focus on any of the following locations: Africa and the Middle East.
The Journal of Living Together will publish articles that bridge theory and practice, showing how theories of religious and ethnic conflicts, religious or ethnic terrorism, and conflict resolution are being applied by professionals in the field. These articles shall include practical application in terms of activities that have already shown some success, or would be feasible to test as a pilot project in the near term.
Areas of Interest:
To be considered for the Journal of Living Together, papers/articles must focus on any of the following fields or related areas: ethnic conflict; religious/faith-based conflict; community conflict; religiously or ethnically motivated terrorism; theories of ethnic and faith-based conflicts; ethnic relations and affiliations; religious relations and affiliations; multiculturalism; civil-military relations in ethnically divided societies; role of political parties in ethno-religious conflict; the military and ethno-religious conflict; ethnic and religious organizations/associations and the militarization of ethnic and religious conflicts; role of ethnic group representatives, community and religious leaders in ethno-religious conflict; causes, nature, effects/impact/consequences of ethno-religious conflict; inter-generational pilots / models for ethno-religious conflict resolution; strategies or techniques for reducing ethnic and religious conflicts; the United Nations’ response to ethnic and religious conflicts; interfaith dialogue; conflict monitoring, prediction, prevention, analysis, mediation and other forms of conflict resolution applicable to ethno-religious conflict; case studies; personal or group stories; reports, narratives/stories or experiences of conflict resolution practitioners; role of music, sports, education, media, arts, and celebrities in fostering a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups; etc.
We hope you will consider writing a paper or submitting an already written research manuscript for publication in the Journal of Living Together. It is a great way to promote a culture of peace and mutual understanding. It is also an opportunity to gain exposure for you, your organization, institution, association, or society.
The Journal of Living Together will be included in the most comprehensive and widely used databases of journals in the fields of social sciences and peace studies, and shall also be distributed by Ingram Content Group Inc., the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content, and other internationally acclaimed journal distributors. The published articles will be available to a global audience: libraries, governments, policy makers, media, universities and colleges, organizations, associations, institutions and millions of potential individual readers.
Guidelines for Submission:
- Articles/papers must be between 3,500 and 4,000 words, submitted with 300-350 word abstracts, and a biography of no more than 50 words on or before February 28, 2015. Authors can also send their 300-350 word abstracts before submitting the articles.
- If English is not your native language, please have a native English speaker review your paper before submission.
- All submissions to the Journal of Living Together must be typed single-spaced in MS Word using Times New Roman, 12 pt., with a one inch margin.
- Please use the Harvard System of Referencing.
- Please identify a minimum of 4, and a maximum of 7 keywords reflecting the title of your article/paper.
- Authors should include their names on the cover sheet only for purposes of blind review.
- Email graphic materials: photo images, diagrams, figures, maps and others as attachment in a jpeg format and indicate by use of numbers preferred placement areas in the manuscript.
- All articles, abstracts, graphic materials and inquiries should be sent by email to:
Please indicate “Journal of Living Together” in the subject line.
All papers/articles will be carefully reviewed by a blind Peer Review and Editorial Committee made up of renowned scholars, specialists and practitioners in the fields of ethno-religious conflict and conflict resolution. Each author shall then be notified by email about the outcome of the review process.
The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) retains the copyright of articles published in the Journal of Living Together. However, authors may use their article elsewhere after publication provided that proper acknowledgement is made, and that the ICERM is notified.
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