Source: (2000) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice.

Observing that we live in a litigious society with an adjudicative system marked by an adversarial character, the authors argue that alternative dispute resolution should become the standard, such that it is not "alternative" but normal. Toward this end, they investigate the religious foundations that undergird many alternative dispute resolution systems. This begins with a look at the Jewish dispute resolution system, based in Jewish law. Next authors turn to the Islamic tradition, particularly Ismaili dispute resolution (Ismaili Muslims constitute a subset of the Muslim faith). Then they focus on Christian foundations as found in the United Church of Canada’s dispute resolution policy.