The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation / Edition 1

The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation / Edition 1

by Scott R. Appleby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0847685551

ISBN-13: 9780847685554

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847685554
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.24(d)

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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