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Anti-Semitism Research  

Wolfgang Benz

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Anti-Semitism refers to all anti-Jewish statements, tendencies, resentments, attitudes, and actions, regardless of whether they are religiously, racially, socially, or otherwise motivated. ... More

Cities as One Site for Religion and Violence  

Saskia Sassen

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter covers the question of organized religions in the complex global modernity. It explores a range of interactions between the rise of cities as key global spaces for economic, ... More

Divergent Modes of Religiosity and Armed Struggle  

Harvey Whitehouse and Brian McQuinn

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates one of the most powerful mechanisms by which groups may be formed, inspired, and coordinated—ritual—which may be defined as normative behavior with an ... More

Pain and Ecstatic Religious Experience  

Ariel Glucklich

This article considers a broad selection of mystical writings to identify in ecstatic mystical experience two fundamental dimensions: a feeling of self-transcendence and an extremely high ... More

Religion and Violence from a Political Science Perspective  

Daniel Philpott

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter presents an account for religious violence, and also evaluates institutional independence and political theology more carefully. Then, it uses these two factors to elaborate ... More

Religion and Violence from a Psychological Perspective  

James W. Jones

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter summarizes some of the methods and findings in religion and violence from a psychological perspective, reviewing Stanley Milgram's obedience to authority and Philip Zimbardo's ... More

Religion and Violence from a Sociological Perspective  

John R. Hall

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates the circumstances of violence in a way that identifies alternative “domains” in which religious concatenations of violence arise. Despite the fluidity of ... More

Religion and Violence from an Anthropological Perspective  

Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter reviews a variety of anthropological approaches to religion from the work of Emile Durkheim through the contemporary cognitive theory of mind. It specifically investigates the ... More

Religious Hatred  

John Corrigan

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Hate as an emotion, while not exactly the same in all instances, manifests in certain ways regardless of whether the context is religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, or other kinds of ... More

Religious Terrorism as Performance Violence  

Mark Juergensmeyer

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter describes religious terrorism as “performance violence,” illustrating that performance violence is planned in order to obtain tangible goals, and also to theatrically enact ... More

Ritual, Religion, and Violence: An Evolutionary Perspective  

Candace S. Alcorta and Richard Sosis

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which discusses the association between religion and violence, also addresses why suicide terrorists are willing to offer their lives for their life-affirming religions. ... More

The Social Sciences  

James E. Waller

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article explores the impact of the Holocaust on subsequent social scientific research and the contribution of social scientific research to understanding the Holocaust and its ... More

A Sociotheological Approach to Understanding Religious Violence  

Mark Juergensmeyer and Mona Kanwal Sheikh

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter tries to illustrate that there has been a “sociotheological turn” in contemporary scholarship which encourages social scientists to take stock of the religious justifications ... More

Terror  

Harvey Whitehouse

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
This article examines ritual ordeals that inspire terror regardless of the participants' preexisting beliefs. In such traditions, the relationship between belief and emotion is more or ... More

Violence and Justice  

Pamela Cooper-White

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
Sexuality is a domain of experience that has been variously described as embodied, deeply personal, intimate, ecstatic, and even sacred. Yet, precisely because of some of these qualities ... More

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