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Conflict in Cities special issue in Space and Polity

The catalyst for this special issue was a symposium entitled Religion, Violence and Cities, held under the auspices of a five year inter-disciplinary research project on ethno-nationally divided cities.1

While this project expressly addressed cities divided by ethno-national conflict, it was clear from the beginning that there was an important religious dimension to such conflicts in most, if not all, the cities being studied
.2 The rationale of the Special Issue is to examine how this religious dimension exacerbates (or moderates) urban violence within a broad comparative context. Although three of the following articles are informed by Project research, we draw the net wider to encompass a broader geographical spread from the Balkans, the Middle East, Nigeria and Japan.

Religion, Violence and Cities: An Introduction

Liam O'Dow
d & Martina McKnight
pages 261-269

The Fundamentalist City, Medieval Modernity, and the Arab Spring

Nezar AlSayya
pages 270-283

Violence in a Religiously Divided City: Kaduna, Nigeria—From the Shari'a Riots of 2000 to the Post-election Clashes of 2011

Colette Harri
pages 284-299

Capturing Facades in ‘Conflict-Time’: Structural Violence and the (Re)construction Vukovar's Churches

Britt Bailli
pages 300-319

Intersecting Religioscapes and Antagonistic Tolerance: Trajectories of Competition and Sharing of Religious Spaces in the Balkans

Robert M. Hayde
pages 320-334

Bible and Gun: Militarism in Jerusalem's Holy Places

Wendy Pulla
pages 335-356

Urban Intersections: Religion and Violence in Belfast

Liam O'Dow
d & Martina McKnight
pages 357-376

Murder on the Tokyo Subway: Nerve Centres, Religion and Violence

Ian Reade
pages 377-392