Dr George R. Wilkes

George R. Wilkes

George R. Wilkes is the founding Director of the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Project, and a Research Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. From 2005 to 2010, he was a Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and has lectured at Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leuven, and Birmingham universities.

He is currently writing a monograph on ethical dimensions of the treatment of war and peace in Jewish religious, legal and political texts, and is conducting a series of studies on contemporary challenges for military ethics educators. Together with Professor Michael Dobkowski, he is also editing a collection of essays on the Holocaust as a problem in education about military ethics.

Dr. Wilkes is on the steering committees of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Religion, Security and International Affairs and the Jewish Law Association. He has had a long involvement with post-conflict dialogue and human rights organisations.



Some recent and forthcoming publications:

‘War and Martyrdom in Maimonides’ Judeo-Arabic Publications’, in Ewan Stein, ed., ReThinking Jihad. (forthcoming)


‘Military Ethics in Contemporary Warfare: From the Field to the Classroom’, in Frank Su and Bart McGettrick, eds, Professional Ethics: Education for a Humane Society. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 73-87.

‘Ambivalent Normativity: Reasons for Contemporary Jewish Debate over the Laws of War’, in Daniel Langton and Philip Alexander, eds, Normative Judaism? (forthcoming 2012, Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press).

‘Religious War in the Works of Maimonides and the “Maimonideans”: An idea and its transit across the medieval Mediterranean’, in S. Hashmi, ed., Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads: Christian, Jewish, Muslim Encounters and Exchanges. (Oxford University Press, June 2012), pp. 146-64


‘Changing Chaplaincy: a Contribution to Debate over the Roles of US and British Military Chaplains in Afghanistan’, with Stacey Gutkowski, Religion, State and Society, 39: 1, 111 — 124.


‘Jewish Ethics and Pacifism,’ in Nigel Young, ed., International Encyclopedia of Peace, OUP, Oxford.


‘Legitimation and Limits of War in Jewish Tradition’, in Linda Hogan, ed., Religions and the Politics of Peace and Conflict, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, pp. 3-24.

‘Living with war, fanaticism and the pragmatic: The ‘pacifist’, the ‘theological’ and the ‘secular’ in the thought of Simone Weil and Franz Rosenzweig’, Theology, January/February 2009, CXII, 865, pp. 24-32.


‘Christianity, Islam and Religious Indifference – the Prospects for Coexistence in the European Union’, in Leszek Jesień, ed., The Borders of European Integration, Tischner European University, Krakow, pp. 41-70.

‘Religious Attitudes to the Middle East Peace Process,’ in Philip Broadhead, ed., Can Faiths Make Peace?, IB Tauris, London, pp. 25-35.

‘Reforming the Commission on Human Rights’, in Ralph Walden, ed., For the Sake of Humanity: Essays in Honour of Clemens Nathan, Brill, Leiden, pp. 367-79.


‘Jewish Renewal’, in Nicholas de Lange and Miri Freud-Kandel, eds, Modern Judaism, Oxford UP, Oxford, pp. 114-25.

‘The Virtues of “Rabbi Moyses”,’ in Istvan Bejczy and Richard Newhauser, eds, Virtue and Ethics in the Twelfth Century, Brill, Leiden, pp. 269-92.


‘Judaism and Justice in War’, in Paul A. Robinson, ed., Just War in Comparative Perspective, Ashgate Press, Aldershot, pp. 9-23.

Available online:

‘Faith and the Just War: Time to Think Again?’, Thinking Faith, 18th March 2008.

Why do we ignore the Red Cross?‘, Guardian, Comment is Free, 28 June 2009.

‘A Bigger Hearts and Minds Operation? – Challenges in Teaching Military Ethics Today’, a lecture to the Hope Forum for Professional Ethics, April 15th 2010.

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