Violence and the World's Religious Traditions: An Introduction

Violence and the World's Religious Traditions: An Introduction

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Is religion inherently predisposed to violence? Or has religion been taken hostage by a politics of aggression? The years since the end of the Cold War have shown a noticeable shift in patterns of religious extremism, accentuating the uncomfortable, complex, and oft-misunderstood relationship between religion and violence. The essays in this succinct new volume examine that relationship by offering a well-rounded look at violence as it appears in the world's most prominent religious traditions, exploring Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, African, and Pacific Island texts and practices.

The essays in Violence and the World's Religious Traditions explore the ways in which specific religions have justified acts of destruction, in history, in scripture, and in the contemporary world. But the collection also offers an investigation of religious symbols and practices, shedding new light on the very nature of religion and confronting the question of how deeply intertwined are violence and faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190649661
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair of Global and Sikh Studies, and Fellow and Founding Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author or editor of over twenty books, including Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence and God in the Tumult of the Global Square.

Margo Kitts is Professor of Humanities and Coordinator of Religious Studies and East-West Classical Studies at Hawai'i Pacific University in Honolulu. She is the author of Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society (2005, 2011) and over thirty articles on Homer, the ancient Near East, ritual, and violence. She is coeditor of State, Power, and Violence (vol. 3 of Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, 2010) and, with Mark Juergensmeyer, Princeton Readings in Religion and Violence (2011). She also co-edits the Journal of Religion and Violence.

Michael Jerryson is Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. He is the author of Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of the Sangha (2008), Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand (2011), coeditor with Mark Juergensmeyer of Buddhist Warfare (2010), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism (2016). He also co-edits the Journal of Religion and Violence.

Table of Contents

"The Enduring Relationship of Religion and Violence"
Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts and Michael Jerryson

1. Hinduism
"Violence and Nonviolence at the Heart of Hindu Ethics"
Veena Das

2. Buddhism
"Buddhist Traditions and Violence"
Michael Jerryson

3. Sikhism
"Sikhs and Violence"
Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

4. Judaism
"Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition"
Ron Hassner and Gideon Aran

5. Christianity
"Religion and Violence in Christianity"
Lloyd Steffen

6. Islam
"Muslim Engagement with Injustice and Violence"
Bruce Lawrence

7. Africa
"African Traditional Religion and Violence"
Nathalie Wlodarczyk

8. Pacific Islands
"Religion and Violence in Pacific Island Societies"
Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

9. China
"Mutual Tolerance, State Persecution, and Martial Divinities in Chinese Religion"
Meir Shahar


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