The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Paperback | November 1, 2015

byMark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, Michael Jerryson

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Violence has always played a part in the religious imagination, from symbols and myths to legendary battles, from colossal wars to the theater of terrorism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence surveys intersections between religion and violence throughout history and around the world.The forty original essays in this volume include overviews of major religious traditions, showing how violence is justified within the literary and theological foundations of the tradition, how it is used symbolically and in ritual practice, and how social acts of violence and warfare have beenjustified by religious ideas. The essays also examine patterns and themes relating to religious violence, such as sacrifice and martyrdom, which are explored in cross-disciplinary or regional analyses; and offer major analytic approaches, from literary to social scientific studies. The contributors to this volume - innovative thinkers who are forging new directions in theory and analysis related to religion and violence - provide novel insights into this important field of studies. By mapping out the whole field of religion and violence, The Oxford Handbook of Religion andViolence will prove an authoritative source for students and scholars for years to come.

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Violence has always played a part in the religious imagination, from symbols and myths to legendary battles, from colossal wars to the theater of terrorism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence surveys intersections between religion and violence throughout history and around the world.The forty original essays in this volume in...

Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, and Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Margo Kitts is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies and Coordinator of Religious Studies and East-West Classical Studies at Hawai'i Pacific Uni...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.49 × 6.61 × 1.3 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsMark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts and Michael Jerryson: Introduction: "The Enduring Relationship of Religion and Violence"Part I: Overview of Religious Traditions1. HinduVeena Davis: "Violence and Nonviolence at the Heart of Hindu Ethics"2. BuddhistMichael Jerryson: "Buddhist Traditions and Violence"3. SikhCynthia Keppley Mahmood: "The Sikh Tradition and Violence"4. JewishRon Hassner and Gideon Aran: "Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition"5. ChristianLloyd Steffen: "Religion and Violence in Christianity"6. IslamicBruce Lawrence: "Muslim Engagement with Injustice and Violence"7. AfricanNathalie Wlodarczyk: "African Traditional Religion and Violence"8. Pacific IslandAndrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart: "Religion and Violence in Pacific Island Societies"9. ChineseMeir Shahar: "Mutual Tolerance, State Persecution, and Martial Divinities in Chinese Religion"Part II: Patterns and Themes10. EvilJames Aho: "Evil Incarnate"11. SacrificeDavid Carrasco: "Sacrifice/Human Sacrifice"12. MartyrdomDavid Cook: "Martyrdom in Islam"13. Self MutilationLiz Wilson: "Starvation and Self Mutilation"14. ApocalypseJamel Veliji: "Apocalypse and Violence"15. Sacred WarReza Aslan: "Cosmic War"16. GenocideChristopher Taylor: "Genocide and the Religious Imaginary in Rwanda"17. TerrorismMark Juergensmeyer: "Performance Violence"18. TortureKaren King: "Christianity and Torture"19. Just WarJohn Kelsay: "Just War and Legal Restraints"20. AbortionJulie Ingersoll: "Religiously Motivated Violence in the Abortion Debate"21. Contested SitesRon E. Hassner: "Conflicts over Sacred Ground"22. Political ViolenceMonica Toft: "Religion and Political Violence"23. Death RitualsSusumu Shimazono and Margo Kitts: "Rituals of Death and Remembrance"24. Violent DeathMargo Kitts: "Violent Death in Religious Imagination"Part III: Analytic Approaches25. SociologyJohn R. Hall: "Theorizing Religion and Violence from a Sociological Perspective"26. AnthropologyPamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern: "Religion and Violence from an Anthropological Perspective"27. PsychologyJames W. Jones: "Religion and Violence from a Psychological Perspective"28. Political ScienceDaniel Philpott: "Religion and Violence from a Political Science Perspective"29. Literary TheoryMargo Kitts: "Religion and Violence from Literary Perspectives"30. TheologyCharles Kimball: "Christian Theological Perspectives: Violence and Jesus' Gospel of Love"Part IV: New Directions31. SacrificeWalter Burkert: "Sacrificial Violence: A Problem of Ancient Religions"32. CitiesSaskia Sassen: "Cities as One Site for Religion and Violence"33. ArmageddonMichael Sells: "Armageddon in the Mirror"34. Phenomenal ViolenceHent de Vries: "Phenomenal Violence: New Directions in the Philosophy of Religion "35. Constructions of EvilDavid Frankfurter: "The Construction of Evil and the Violence of Purification"36. Mimetic TheoryWolfgang Palaver: "New Directions in Mimetic Theories of Religion and Violence"37. ScarcityHector Avalos: "Religion and Scarcity: A New Theory for the Role of Religion in Violence"38. Evolutionary TheoryCandance S. Alcorta and Richard Sosis: "Ritual, Religion, and Violence: An Evolutionary Perspective "39. Rites of TerrorHarvey Whitehouse, with Brian McQuinn: "Divergent Modes of Religiosity and Armed Struggle"40. SociotheologyMark Juergensmeyer and Mona Sheik: "A Sociotheological Approach to Understanding Religious Violence"Index

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