God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam

God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam

by Peter Partner
     
 

What makes a war "holy," and who decides that it is? God of Battles examines the origins of holy war, and how it affects the modern world. Peter Partner shows how the ideal of the crusade, "God's War," came to permeate medieval Christendom, and how it influenced later Western societies, especially in their attitudes to colonialism. Above all, this book

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What makes a war "holy," and who decides that it is? God of Battles examines the origins of holy war, and how it affects the modern world. Peter Partner shows how the ideal of the crusade, "God's War," came to permeate medieval Christendom, and how it influenced later Western societies, especially in their attitudes to colonialism. Above all, this book examines the reasons behind the fear that Islamic fundamentalism excites in the West. From the pre-Christian era to the Gulf War, this book places the jihad of the East and the Crusade of the West in their historical context, and warns against allowing crusading war propaganda to affect our judgments today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691002354
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1998
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
MAPS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
1 Holy Wars of the Ancient Near East
2 Jewish Sects in the Hellenistic World
3 Islam and War
4 Christianity and War
5 Muslim and Christian Holy War
6 Two Societies Organized for Holy War
7 Outside the Holy Wars
8 Holy War, Colonies and Conversion
9 Decay and Transformation of Holy War
10 Holy War and the European Empires
11 Modernity and Political Islam
12 Faith, Government and Dissent
13 Western Dreams, Memories and Fears
14 Assumed Identities
GLOSSARY
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
NOTES
READING LIST
INDEX

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