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Conflict Analysis and Reza Aslan

February 2007 (edited in March 2013)

Occasionally we hear someone argue that a confict is political rather than religious, for example the conflct between Israelis and Arabs. The latest comes from Reza Aslan, author of No god but God.  Aslan misses that a conflct can be both political and religious. It should be obvious that religious differences were a part of the political conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. A conflict is described best when its major components are included. Seeing the Palestinian and Israeli conflict as purely political is unhistorical and unrealistic.

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