Religion in conflicts

Religion is of great importance for our understanding of today’s conflicts. My research investigates the role of religious organizations in civil wars and the role of religion for the prevention or the de-escalation of violent conflicts.


2021. Vüllers, Johannes: Mobilization for Peace: Analyzing Religious Peace Activism, Conflict Management and Peace Science 38: 4, 391-410.

2017. Basedau, Matthias, Jonathan Fox, Jan Pierskalla, Georg Strüver & Johannes Vüllers. Does Discrimination breed Grievances – and do Grievances breed Violence? New Evidence from an Analysis of Religious Minorities in Developing Countries. Conflict Management and Peace Science 34: 3, 217-239.

2016. Basedau, Matthias, Birte Pfeiffer & Johannes Vüllers. Bad religion? Religion, collective action, and the onset of armed conflict in developing countries. Journal of Conflict Resolution 60: 3, 226-255.

2015. Vüllers, Johannes, Birte Pfeiffer & Matthias Basedau. Measuring the ambivalence of religion: Introducing the Religion and Conflict in Developing Countries (RCDC) Dataset. International Interactions 41: 5, 857-881.

2015. De Juan, Alexander, Jan Pierskalla & Johannes Vüllers. The pacifying effects of local religious institutions: An analysis of communal violence in Indonesia. Political Research Quarterly 68: 2, 211-224.

2013. Basedau, Matthias, Johannes Vüllers & Peter Körner. What drives inter-religious violence? Lessons from Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 36: 10, 857-879.

2011. Basedau, Matthias, Georg Strüger, Johannes Vüllers & Tim Wegenast. Do religious factors impact Armed conflict? Empirical evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. Terrorism and Political Violence 23: 5, 752-779.

2010. Basedau, Matthias & Johannes Vüllers. Religion als Konfliktfaktor? Eine systematische Erhebung religiöser Gewaltdimensionen im subsaharischen Afrika. Die Friedens-Warte 85: 1-2, 39-62.


Religious Group Peace Activism Dataset  (RGPAD) (see

Religion and Conflict in Developing Countries (RCDC) (see