Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Religion - 237 pages
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History, marred with the actions of fundamentalist and extremist groups, continues to highlight religion as a cause for violent action. But how 'religious' is this violence? And what drives the faithful to attack in the name of their beliefs? Charles Selengut brings together approaches from a wide range of disciplines to comprehend forms of religious violence around the globe. Drawing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 9-11 attacks, Heaven's Gate, the Catholic sex abuse scandals, and many other recent cases, Sacred Fury explains the logics behind these faith driven acts. In this expanded second edition, Selengut pays special attention to the Iraq War, and the theology and organization of Al-Qaeda.
  

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Contents

The Study of Religion and Violence
1
Fighting for God Scriptural Obligations and Holy Wars
15
Psychological Perspectives
43
Apocalyptic Violence
85
Civilizational Clashes Culture Wars and Religious Violence
121
Religious Suffering Martyrdom and Sexual Violence
159
Toward a Holistic Approach to Religious Violence
193
Glossary
209
Bibliography
213
Index
225
About the Author
237
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Charles Selengut is professor of sociology at Drew University and editor of Jewish-Muslim Encounters and Jewish Identity in the Postmodern Age.

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