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African Traditional Religion and Violence  

Nathalie Wlodarczyk

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter analyzes a wide range of African customs and legends. It demonstrates that African traditional religion offers notions of a thriving spirit world which provides “sacred ... More

Buddhist Traditions and Violence  

Michael Jerryson

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter discusses the history of Buddhist traditions and violence, concentrating on the scriptural justifications, symbols, and actual manifestations of violence. It covers Theravada ... More

Genocide and the Religious Imaginary in Rwanda  

Christopher C. Taylor

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which concentrates on the violent imaginaries that informed the reports and deeds of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, reviews the perseverance of pre-colonial notions of a sacred ... More

Muslim Engagement with Injustice and Violence  

Bruce B. Lawrence

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter explores the role of violence in Islam, specifically contrasting Islam in 611 with the Islam associated with terrorism on 9/11. When several tribes attempted to draw from the ... More

Religion and Violence in Christian Traditions  

Lloyd Steffen

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates the theological justifications for violence within the sources of the Christian traditions, and also reports the symbolic representations of violence in the ... More

Religion and Violence in Pacific Island Societies  

Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter examines the associations between religion and violence. The Bellonese case reveals that the ideology of honor drove the pattern of vengeance killings; that this ideology ... More

Religion and Violence in the Jewish Traditions  

Ron E. Hassner and Gideon Aran

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Jan 2013
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This chapter reports the traditional violent themes in religious Judaism as they seem in sacred texts, rites, customs, and chronicles, and provides a survey of the components of Jewish ... More

Sikh Traditions and Violence  

Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

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Jan 2013
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This chapter, which deals with the Sikh tradition within the context of the shifting sands of India's religious history, also discusses the reverence for certain Sikh gurus as being linked ... 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

Violence and Nonviolence at the Heart of Hindu Ethics  

Veena Das

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Jan 2013
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This chapter explores how a certain anxiety around violence might be rendered as integral to the imagination of an ethical life in Hindu texts and practices. It also describes some ... More

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