In approaching this complex subject, it is important to understand where it sits in our social
and political order. First, we must recognize that armed conflict is rarely, if ever, solely about
religion or religious differences. Although armed conflicts may take on religious overtones,
their genesis is found in a complex matrix of crisscrossing and mutually exacerbating factors
such as economics, politics, resources, ethnicity and identity, power struggles, inequality,
oppression, and other historical grievances.