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Dialogue as Tool for Addressing Religious Tensions: Containing the Violence, or True Conflict Resolution?

This chapter investigates the role of informal dialogue processes in dealing with religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt during the first three years after the Revolution of 25 January 2011. Because international actors have lacked the legitimacy to mediate between the two religious communities, the focus here is on domestic dialogue initiatives. The case of religious tensions in Egypt offers a chance to compare different patterns of dialogue, both outcome-oriented and process-oriented, and to gain insight into the challenges facing each type.