Kashmir: Religious Diversity Becomes Religious Militancy
August 11, 2011
This case study explores the shift away from interreligious harmony and toward sectarian strife in Kashmiri society, particularly over the last three decades, and how religious antagonisms have played into both local politics and warfare between India and Pakistan. The case study exposes the nature of the situation in Kashmir through five questions: What are the historical origins of the conflict over Kashmir? How are religious factors involved in the conflict? How important were international religious and political forces? What role do socio-economic factors play? How does religion intersect with these other factors in driving outcomes? Along with its core text, the case study features a timeline of key events, a guide to relevant religious groups and non-governmental organizations, and a list of recommended further readings.