Teaching Religion and Violence

Hardcover | April 18, 2012

EditorBrian K. Pennington

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Many people now see religious violence as one of the defining characteristics of the modern world. Instructors are often asked about it in their courses that deal with religion. Classroom discussion of violence committed in the name of religion can either open the door to a more subtleappreciation of complex and divisive social realities or allow students to display the kind of ignorance, prejudice, and recalcitrance that can derail critical analysis. The etiology of religious violence requires the kind of careful distinctions that instructors must work hard to communicate evenin the best of classroom circumstances. Teaching Religion and Violence is designed to help instructors to equip students to think critically about religious violence, particularly in the multicultural classroom. The book is organized into two sections. The first, "Traditions," addresses topics and methods appropriate for teaching violence in particular religious traditions. Each essay provides a solid starting point for the instructor developing a new course on violence in one tradition. The overarchingaims of the second section, "Approaches," are to suggest alternative rubrics for initiating or furthering discussion of religion and violence and to aid instructors in demonstrating the wide applicability of the questions and concepts developed here. The volume as a whole and each of the essays isfirmly grounded in the theoretical literature on religion and violence, in the theory of pedagogy, and in the collective experience of its authors.

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Many people now see religious violence as one of the defining characteristics of the modern world. Instructors are often asked about it in their courses that deal with religion. Classroom discussion of violence committed in the name of religion can either open the door to a more subtleappreciation of complex and divisive social realiti...

Brian K. Pennington is Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195372425

ISBN - 13:9780195372427

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ContributorsBrian K. Pennington: IntroductionPart One: Traditions1. Brian K. Pennington: Striking the Delicate Balance: Teaching Hinduism and Violence2. Michael Dobkowski: ''A Time for War and a Time for Peace'': Teaching Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition3. Brian Victoria: Teaching Buddhism and Violence4. William Morrow: Violence and Religion in the Christian Tradition5. Amir Hussain: Confronting Misoislamia: Teaching Religion and Violence in Courses on Islam6. Anne Murphy: The Specter of Violence in Sikh PastsPart Two: Approaches7. Aaron W. Hughes: Cities of Gold: Teaching Religion and Violence through ''Sacred Space''8. Ken Derry: Believing Is Seeing: Teaching Religion and Violence in Film9. Randal Cummings: Teaching Religion, Violence, and Pop Culture10. Jason C. Bivins: Religion, Violence, and Politics in the United States11. Paul Younger: M. K. Gandhi: A Post-colonial Voice12. William French: Teaching the Just War Tradition13. Laurie L. Patton and Jeffrey J. Kripal: Understanding the Nature of Our Offense: A Dialogue on the Twenty-First-Century Study of Religion for Use in the Classroom