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The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation [NOOK Book]

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Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. Yet religion's ability to inspire violence is intimately related to its equally impressive power as a force for peace, especially in the growing number of conflicts around the world that involve religious claims and religiously inspired ...
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The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation

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Overview

Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. Yet religion's ability to inspire violence is intimately related to its equally impressive power as a force for peace, especially in the growing number of conflicts around the world that involve religious claims and religiously inspired combatants. This book explains what religious terrorists and religious peacemakers share in common, what causes them to take different paths in fighting injustice, and how a deeper understanding of religious extremism can and must be integrated more effectively into our thinking about tribal, regional, and international conflict.
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Meet the Author

R. Scott Appleby is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and serves as a fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Powerful Medicine
Chapter 2 The Unfolding Response to the Sacred
Chapter 3 Religion's Violent Accomplices
Chapter 4 Violence as a Sacred Duty
Chapter 5 Militants for Peace
Chapter 6 Reconciliation and the Politics of Forgiveness
Chapter 7 Religion and Conflict Transformation
Chapter 8 Religious Human Rights and Interreligious Peace Building
Chapter 9 Ambivalence as Opportunity
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