Ziya Meral speaks with Marc Lynch about his latest book, How Violence Shapes Religion: Belief and Conflict in the Middle East and Africa.
“I really wanted to demystify the conversation on religion and violence,” said Meral. “I wanted to highlight another direction of this discussion— which is how violence leads to religion, how violence alters religions, and impacts them— and why is it that religions are so present in violent conflicts that they don’t necessarily triggered themselves.”
Meral is a British and Turkish researcher, and is a senior resident fellow at the UK Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research based at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also the Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs, based in London and Beirut.