The Role of Religious Actors in Dialogues For Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention in Afghanistan: A Case Study in The Faculty of Shari’a (Islamic) Law And The Faculty of Public Policy, Kabul University


  • Mohammad Afzal Zarghoni Kabul University



Afghanistan, Conflict mediation, Dialogue, Islam, Religious Actors, Peacebuilding, Ulama


This study examines the role of religious actors (the Ulema) in dialogues for peacebuilding and conflict prevention in Afghanistan by surveying third and fourth year students in two faculties of the University of Kabul (Faculty of Shari’a (Islamic) Law and Faculty of Public Law. The results indicate an overall positive view of the role of religious actors, with consistent views about helpful results accruing from the involvement of the Ulema in dialogue within communities to cope with crises, conflict and disagreements.

Author Biography

Mohammad Afzal Zarghoni, Kabul University

The research paper is supported for publication as part of the KAICIID Fellows Programme, which aims to provide opportunities for individuals to engage in research and scholarship in interreligious dialogue and related areas as part of their professional development and learning. The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the research paper are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) or its Member States. The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this publication and neither the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) nor its Member States will accept any liability in connection with these data.


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