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Ambivalence of the Sacred : Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation

Ambivalence of the Sacred : Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0847685554

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Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.
Published: 2000
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Ambivalence of the Sacred : Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0847685554

R. Scott Appleby

ISBN13: 978-0847685554
ISBN10: 0847685551
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. Yet religion's ability to inspire violence is intimately related to its equally impressive power as a force for peace, especially in the growing number of conflicts around the world that involve religious claims and religiously inspired combatants. This book explains what religious terrorists and religious peacemakers share in common, what causes them to take different paths in fighting injustice, and how a deeper understanding of religious extremism can and must be integrated more effectively into our thinking about tribal, regional, and international conflict.

Author Bio

Appleby, R. Scott : University of Notre Dame

R. Scott Appleby is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and serves as a fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Powerful Medicine p. 1
Coming to Terms with Religion
The Growing End of an Argument p. 25
Religion's Violent Accomplices p. 57
Violence as a Sacred Duty: Patterns of Religious Extremism p. 81
Militants for Peace p. 121
Reconciliation and the Politics of Forgiveness p. 167
The Logic of Religious Peacebuilding
Religion and Conflict Transformation p. 207
The Promise of Internal Pluralism: Human Rights and Religious Mission p. 245
Ambivalence as Opportunity: Strategies for Promoting Religious Peacebuilding p. 281
Notes p. 309
Selected Bibliography p. 389
Index p. 407
About the Carnegie Commission p. 425
About the Author p. 429
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