Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence

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Oktober 2003



This textbook applies insight from the social sciences and history to a wide range of violence inspired by religious motivations.


1 Introduction: The Study of Religion and Violence 2 Fighting for God: Scriptural Obligations and Holy Wars 3 Psychological Perspectives 4 Apocalyptic Violence 5 Civilizational Clashes, Culture Wars, and Religious Violence 6 Religious Suffering, Martyrdom, and Sexual Violence 7 Conclusions: Toward a Holistic Approach to Religious Violence


Charles Selengut is professor of sociology at Drew University and author of The Jewish-Muslim Encounter and Jewish Identity in the Postmodern Age.


This book helps us understand one of the most disturbing and perplexing phenomena of modern life-the emergence of religious violence as a major factor in world affairs. Selengut surveys the literature in the field and rightly focuses on the idea of sacred war as religion's potent contribution to charged political encounters. He brings psychological perspectives to bear in helping us understand how marginalized people, adopting religious images of divine conquest, engage in terrorism and other acts of public violence out of a sense of spiritual mission. This will be a helpful volume both for classroom use and public discussion. It helps us think anew about the causes of religious violence and how we should appropriately respond. -- Mark Juergensmeyer, (UC Santa Barbara), author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence The reasoned juxtaposition of theoretic orientation and examples ... makes this volume an outstanding-indeed necessary-contribution to understanding religion and its operation in the larger society. Essential. -- L. Braude, SUNY College at Fredonia CHOICE This is a well-argued and systematically documented book, and it raises an important issue and points to a major gap in criminological thought. It provides a critical perspective on criminology's failure to anticipate and fully explain many emerging global issues of violence and security. Criminal Justice Review Charles Selengut has been for many years a recognized authority in the area of modern Judaism and religious fundamentalism. With Sacred Fury, he distills his vast knowledge not only of Judaism, but of all the 'Peoples of the Book'-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-into a lucid and meticulously researched presentation. The book more than succeeds in presenting the complexities of religiously motivated violence in an accessible and very readable textbook which would be of great use to undergraduates, graduate students, and the general public. Sacred Fury is a must for classes concerned with the issues of religious fundamentalism and religious violence. -- Jeffrey Kaplan, (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)
EAN: 9780759103627
ISBN: 0759103623
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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