Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Publication date: 
2010
Accord issue: 
21

Islam is a fundamental pillar of Somali society and provides an important moral compass in Somali peace processes. This article discusses the rise of the Islamic Courts and the impact of Islamic militancy with which Somalis are currently grappling. The violence perpetrated by militant Islamists in Somalia obscures the fact that peace and reconciliation are fundamental tenants of Islam.

According to Islam, promoting reconciliation is an act of goodness and people are encouraged to resolve their differences this way.