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Cosmic War in Religious Traditions  

Reza Aslan

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter provides a discussion on cosmic war in religious traditions, focusing on the development and evolution of cosmic war in the Hebrew Bible. Cosmic war can allow belief in the ... More

The Islamic World  

Samuli Schielke

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
Looking at the history and present state of atheism in the Islamic world, this article focuses primarily on Iran and the eastern parts of the Arab world, connecting the present motivations ... More

Nativist Millennialism  

Jean E. Rosenfeld

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article examines five nativistic millennial movements that are culturally, geographically, and temporally dissimilar to find the similarities that bind them into a single category: the ... More

New Religious Movements in Global Perspective  

Peter B. Clarke

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
Several of the new religious movements (NRMs) of modern times have become global movements. Among these are the Soka Gakkai of Japan; the Brahma Kumaris, Sathya Sai Baba, and Hare Krishna ... More

Religion and Political Violence  

Monica Duffy Toft

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which describes why religion is resurging in the political sphere and the conditions under which religion is most likely to cause troubling violence, also places the source of ... More

Religious Diversity and a Global Ethic  

Leonard J. Swidler

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
In the past, every civilization always had at its heart a religion, “an explanation of the ultimate meaning of life, and how to live accordingly, based on some notion of the transcendent.” ... More

Religious Diversity and Globalization  

Peter Beyer

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
Globalization is about the world becoming increasingly tied together and integrated through such features as capitalist economic structures and communication technologies such as ... 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 and ... More

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