In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century

In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century

by Omer Bartov, Phyllis Mack
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571812148

ISBN-13: 9781571812148

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses

Overview

Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses this hiatus by examining the intersection between religion and state-organized murder in the cases of the Armenian, Jewish, Rwandan, and Bosnian genocides. Rather than a comprehensive overview, it offers a series of descrete, yet closely related case studies, that shed light on three fundamental aspects of this issue: the use of religion to legitimize and motivate genocide; the potential of religious faith to encourage physical and spiritual resistance to mass murder; and finally, the role of religion in coming to terms with the legacy of atrocity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571812148
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Series:
War and Genocide Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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