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About the Author
Table of ContentsPrologue: "A Terrifying and Fascinating Mystery"
1. On Sacred GroundsPART ONE: UNDERSTANDING CONFLICTS OVER SACRED SPACES
2. What Is Sacred Space?
3. The Indivisibility Problem
4. Conflict over Sacred Places
5. Mismanaging Conflicts over Sacred PlacesPART TWO: MANAGING CONFLICTS OVER SACRED SPACES
6. The Foundations and Limits of Religious Authority
7. Successful Conflict Management: Jerusalem, 1967
8. Successful Conflict Management: Mecca, 1979
9. Lessons from Conflicts over Sacred SpacesAcknowledgements
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"Ron E. Hassner has drawn on a wide swath of secondary literature on conflicts in sacred spaces; he weaves these insights, along with theoretical insights from religious studies, sociology, and political science, into his discussion of substantive cases. The extremely topical and compelling subject of War on Sacred Grounds will attract the attention of policy analysts and journalists."
"Taking religion seriously is a challenge in the field of political science. For instance, how is it that, during the last three decades, holy places around the world, whatever the religions they are associated with, have been the theater of unprecedented and nevertheless unconnected violence? Instead of diluting the religious factor under more familiar paradigms (identity, ideology, ethnicity or struggle for power), Ron E. Hassner, in his highly original book, tackles brilliantly the issue of integrating religion into the field of political science."
"The play on words in the title of this important book indicates that it is not only about religious reasons for fighting but also about contested spacewhen grounds are regarded as sacred by more than one community. From Ayodhya to Jerusalem, these sites have become flashpoints for political confrontation. Ron E. Hassner proposes that they may also inspire interfaith tolerance, accommodation, and cooperation. War on Sacred Grounds deserves a careful reading by anyone interested in the causes of global religious conflicts and the options that conduce toward peace."
"This is a brilliantly argued book. Ron E. Hassner offers an explanation for why religious sites become contested and why these conflicts are often very difficult to resolve, but he reminds us that in some instances resolution is possible. War on Sacred Grounds is forcefully and vividly written."
"Ron E. Hassner's War on Sacred Grounds is among the most important contributions to the study of sacred places and the politics of those spaces in many years. Hassner's perspective is original, daring, bold, and vitally important for scholars who seek to understand the enormous powers held in sacred places and for diplomats who hope to contribute to the resolution of conflicts that are generated by holy grounds."