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The timely Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence brings together an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who provide a coherent state of the art overview of the complex relationships between religion and violence.

  • This companion tackles one of the most important topics in the field of Religion in the twenty-first century, pulling together a unique collection of cutting-edge work
  • A focused collection of high-quality scholarship provides readers with a state-of-the-art account of the latest work in this field
  • The contributors are broad-ranging, international, and interdisciplinary, and include historians, political scientists, religious studies scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, scholars of women's and gender studies and communication
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“To conclude, this survey of The Blackwell Companion toReligion and Violence indicates its breadth, and thus its valueto those studying the religious ethics of violence and peace, andto those studying violence and peace in other disciplines ... TheCompanion will spur advanced students and academics toexplore methodologies and historical-cultural examples with whichthey were only passingly familiar.” (Studies in ChristianEthics, 1 May 2013)

"This is an important reference work ... Highly recommended:upper-level graduates and above." (Choice, 1 December 2011)

"This is a fascinating and enlightening book." (NewDirections, 1 November 2011)

"Very impressive ... The contributors write from a variety ofperspectives - socio­logical, anthropological, historical,economic - and cover between them a wide range of religioustraditions ... Taken together, the chapters in this Companion showhow different forms of religious faith (including Christianity) canbe distorted, and then inspire acts of brutality and violence ...An indispensable tool for anyone seeking to bring clarity ratherthan rhetoric to this murky area."   (ChurchTimes, 21 October 2011)

"A curious and voracious reader of the (mostly accessible)essays found in The Blackwell Companion to Religion andViolence will learn a great deal about religion in its variouscultural, economic, political and social manifestations, especiallyas these are related to violence." (The Tablet, 1 October2011)

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Meet the Author

Andrew R. Murphy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His research focuses on the interconnections between religious and political thought and practice, most particularly in the Anglo-American tradition. He is the author of Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America (2001) and Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11 (2009); he is editor or co-editor of The Political Writings of William Penn (2002), Religion, Politics, and American Identity: New Directions, New Controversies (2006); and Literature, Culture, Tolerance (2009).

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Table of Contents

Part I. "Religion" and "Violence": Defining Terms, DefiningRelationships.

1. Religion and Violence: Coming to Terms with the Terms(John D. Carlson, Arizona State University).

2. The Myth of Religious Violence (William T. Cavanaugh,DePaul University, Chicago).

Part II. Disciplinary Perspectives.

3. An Economic Approach to Religion and Violence (AnthonyGill, University of Washington).

4. Religion, Identity and Violence: Some Theoretical Reflections(Aziz Esmail, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London).

5. An Anthropological Approach to Religion and Violence(Bettina E. Schmidt, Bangor University, Wales).

6. An Evolutionary Perspective: Spiritual Devotion andSelf-Annihilation (Ariel Glucklich, GeorgetownUniversity).

7. The Sociology of Religious Violence (Charles Selengut,Drew University, New Jersey).

8. Religion, Law and Violence (David E. Guinn, Center forInternational Development - SUNY).

9. Mediating Religious Violence (Jolyon Mitchell, Universityof Edinburgh).

10. Look Both Ways: Gender in the Production of Religious andSecular Violence (Janet R. Jakobsen, Barnard College, ColumbiaUniversity).

11. Explaining Religious Violence: Retrospects and Prospects(Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies, Iowa StateUniversity).

Part III. Traditions and Movements, Concepts andThemes.

12. Christianity and Violence (Jonathan Ebel, University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign).

13. Genesis 34 and the Legacies of Biblical Violence (ElliottHorowitz, Bar Ilan University).

14. Islam and Violence (Beverley Milton-Edwards, Queen'sUniversity Belfast).

15. Religion and Violence in Hindu Traditions (Jeffery D.Long, Elizabethtown College).

16. Buddhism and Symbolic Violence (Bernard Faure, ColumbiaUniversity).

17. Religion, Violence, and Shintō (Walter Skya,University of Alaska-Fairbanks).

18. Confucian Ethical Action and the Boundaries of Peace and War(Don J. Wyatt, Middlebury College).

19. Violence in Chinese Religious Culture (Barend J. terHaar, University of Leiden, Netherlands).

20. The Dialectic of Violence in Jainism (ChristopherChapple, Loyola Marymount).

21. Just War and Jihad of the Sword (James Turner Johnson,Rutgers University).

22. Jihad and Martyrdom in Classical and Contemporary Islam(David Cook, Rice University).

23. The Psychology of Contemporary Religious Terrorism (JamesW. Jones, Rutgers University).

24. Pragmatic Responses: the Transformation of Failure and theSpiritualisation of Violence (Ian Reader, University ofManchester).

25. Sacrifice and Violence (Kathryn McClymond, Georgia StateUniversity).

26. History, Humiliation, and Religious Violence (EllenPosman, Baldwin-Wallace College).

27. Reconceptualizing Totalitarianism and Fascism (RobertImre, University of Newcastle).

Part V. Case Studies: Religion and Violence, Past andPresent.

28. Enduring the Sacred Scars of Slavery (Yolanda Pierce,Princeton Theological Seminary).

29. South Asia: From Colonial Categories to a Crisis of Faith?(Yasmin Khan, Lecturer in Politics, Royal Holloway, Universityof London).

30. Gender, Religion and Violence During the Holocaust(Judith Baumel-Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University).

31. Women in the Sastric Tradition: Colonialism, Law, andViolence (Nandini Bhattacharyya-Panda, Indian Council ofHistorical Research).

32. Biblical Metaphors, Violent Intervention, and AmericanIdentity in the Spanish-American War (Matthew McCullough,Vanderbilt University).

33. Militant Islam, Islamic Law, and National Disintegration inSudan (Jok Madut Jok, Loyola Marymount University).

34. The Battle for Australia: Salvation and Conquest (MarionMaddox, Macquarie University).

35. Religious-based Violence against Women, and FeministResponses: Iran, Afghanistan, and Algeria (Valentine M.Moghadam. Purdue University).

36. Anti-Jewish Violence in Late Imperial Russia (RobertWeinberg, Swarthmore College).

37. Religion, Pluralism, and Conflict in the Pacific Islands(Yannick Fer, Groupe Sociétés, Religions,Laïcités).

38. Ritual Violence and Violent Ritual in Chinese PopularReligion (Avron Boretz, The United Board).

39. The Politics of Protestant Violence: Abolitionists andAnti-Abortionists (Joel Olson, Northern ArizonaUniversity).

40. Religion and violence in Africa (Ben Jones, University ofEast Anglia).

41. Rethinking Religion and Politics in the Middle East(Jeroen Gunning, University of Durham).

42. The Rhetoric of Puritan Violence (Andrew R. Murphy,Rutgers University, New Brunswick).

Part VI. Future prospects: Beyond violence?

43. Liberation from Violence (Thia Cooper, Gustavus AdolphusCollege).

44. Why Nonviolence? The American Tradition (Ira Chernus,University of Colorado at Boulder).

45. Religious Peacebuilding (Maria Pilar Aquino, Universityof San Diego).

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