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Title: Indigenous Cultural Resources for Peacebuilding: Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan's Philosophy and Conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan
Contributor(s): Orakzai, Saira B  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.5553/IJCER/221199652015003002005
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Abstract: Indigenous peacebuilding has introduced numerous challenges to the approach of liberal peacebuilding that is well advocated around the world. The conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan presents one such challenge for the local peacebuilders - whereas the implementation of the liberal peacebuilding has failed. Adopting a subaltern perspective, this article examines indigenous cultural peacebuilding resources for this conflict. Prominent among these resources is the philosophy of non-violence and self-restraint of Khan Abdul Ghatfar Khan and his Khudai Khidmatgar non-violent movement. The article discusses Khan's philosophy and the movement it inspired, while making a case for the value of such indigenous resources in the development of culturally appropriate responses for countering militancy and violence in FATA. The article uses the writings of Ghaffar Khan together with secondary resources to suggest measures to counter the contemporary violent extremism by the Taliban and draw upon indigenous approaches to make peacebuilding more effective in FATA.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution, 3(2), p. 180-199
Publisher: Eleven International Publishing
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISSN: 2211-9965
Field of Research (FOR): 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
160607 International Relations
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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