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Karen Armstrong on War and Religion

Tom Sutcliffe discusses war and religion with Karen Armstrong, Justin Marozzi and Christopher Coker.

Karen Armstrong argues against the notion that religion is the major cause of war. The former nun tells Tom Sutcliffe that faith is as likely to produce pacifists and peace-builders as medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists. But Justin Marozzi charts the violent history of Baghdad and asks what role religion had to play there. The philosopher Christopher Coker explores how warfare dominates our history, and argues that war, like religion, is central to the human condition.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is a writer and commentator on religious affairs.


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence is published by Bodley Head.


Karen Armstrong


Karen Armstrong is giving the opening lecture at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, October 31st - November 2nd.  Start the Week will also be recording an edition of the programme at the Festival.  To find out more before free tickets become available for booking on October 6th, please visit the Festival link below:


BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking

Justin Marozzi

Justin Marozzi is a travel writer, historian and journalist.


Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood is published by Allen Lane.


Justin Marozzi

Christopher Coker

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Can War Be Eliminated? is published by Polity.


Christopher Coker


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Karen Armstrong
Interviewed Guest Justin Marozzi
Interviewed Guest Christopher Coker
Producer Katy Hickman