This illuminating, in-depth study presents a wealth of case fabric, demonstrating the numerous manifestations of non secular violence—not simply battle and terrorism, that are the focal point of such a lot of discussions of religiously influenced violence—but additionally extra customary kinds. The writer, an anthropologist, devotes separate chapters to:
• sacrifice (both animal and human);
• self-mortification (including self-injury, asceticism, and martyrdom);
• non secular persecution (from anti-Semitic pogroms to witchhunts);
• ethno-religious clash (including such hotspots as Sri Lanka, Northern eire, and the previous Yugoslavia);
• spiritual wars (from the traditional Hebrews’ wars and the Christian Crusades to Islamic jihad and Hindu righteous wars);
• and spiritual murder and abuse (spousal abuse, genital mutilation, and "dowry death," between different manifestations).
In the ultimate bankruptcy, "Religion and Nonviolence," the writer examines nonviolent and low-conflict societies and considers numerous equipment of handling clash.
This ebook is going some distance towards assisting us comprehend the character of violence normally, its advanced connections with faith, and the way society sooner or later may perhaps stay away from being blindsided through the worst facets of human nature.