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The Challenge of PluralismParadigms from Muslim Contexts$
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Abdou Filali-Ansary and Sikeena Karmali Ahmed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639694

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639694.001.0001

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Civil Society and Conflict Management: Bangladesh's Experiences

Civil Society and Conflict Management: Bangladesh's Experiences

(p.33) Chapter 3 Civil Society and Conflict Management: Bangladesh's Experiences
The Challenge of Pluralism

Filali-Ansary Abdou

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the role civil society has in building trust and confidence, and in managing conflict in South Asia. Attention is focused on the case of Bangladesh, where civil society, despite its deep polarization, has played an active role in promoting and protecting human rights, thereby contributing to human security and conflict management. To illustrate this point, this chapter examines two cases of civil society interventions in the political scenario of Bangladesh, wherein religion was and still is a tool for creating division and intolerance. The first refers to the increasing intolerance and violence towards the Hindu community in Bangladesh; the second looks at ongoing violence against the Ahmadiyya community in the country.

Keywords:   South Asia, civil society, polarization, conflict, Bangladesh, violence, Ahmadiyya community, Hindu community

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