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Understanding Religious Violence

Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies

Editors: Dingley, James, Mollica, Marcello (Eds.)

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  • Helps readers understand the religious dimensions of conflicts.
  • Fills a gap by bringing an understanding of religion and its socio-political role to bear on security issues via a series of case studies.
  • Multidisciplinary perspectives, from authors across fields and from a variety of different countries.
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This book addresses the problem of religiously based conflict and violence via six case studies. It stresses particularly the structural and relational aspects of religion as providing a sense of order and a networked structure that enables people to pursue quite prosaic and earthly concerns. The book examines how such concerns link material and spiritual salvation into a holy alliance. As such, whilst the religions concerned may be different, they address the same problems and provide similar explanations for meaning, success, and failure in life. Each author has conducted their own field-work in the religiously based conflict regions they discuss, and together the collection offers perspectives from a variety of different national backgrounds and disciplines.

About the authors

James Dingley is a political sociologist at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is Chairman of the Francis Hutcheson Institute and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Northern Ireland Security Qualifications Group. He has published extensively in international journals, and has also published five previous books specialising in development, religion, and nationalist conflict.

Marcello Mollica is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Messina. Italy. He has conducted field work in Northern Ireland, Middle East, South-eastern Turkey and South Caucasus.



Reviews

“Each case study is clearly and deeply linked to religion—mainly Christianity and Islam. While certain studies provide a portrait of intra-religious conflicts, others emphasize inter-religious clashes. The contexts are always well-described, and the authors discuss how profound the current problems are, and how deeply rooted they are in history. … six cases studies can provide wonderful examples of the ways in which sociocultural elements converge or aggregate around religion in many places …” (Isabelle Lemelin, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, June 21, 2019)
“This volume presents an excellent selection of studies based on complex fieldwork in which the authors very accurately and cogently focus on specific clichés, stereotypes and prejudices about religious violence ingrained in the Western point of view especially. The volume’s multicultural and religious perspective provides an eye-opening range of conflictual situations typical not only of the Islamic world, the Middle East in particular, but also of the Christian European one. Finally, through first-hand data the volume legitimately points up that the secularization conceived by some of Western thought’s abstract tendencies is nowhere near being achieved.” (Christian Giordano, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

 “This book delivers a provocative and unsettling analysis that compares contemporary and historical entanglements of religion and political violence to raise uncomfortable questions about how sacred values sometimes inspire radical and violent hostility to change.  It should be compulsory reading for all who take a reductionist view of the place of religion in terrorist violence and other forms of popular resistance to the state.” (Hastings Donnan, Director of The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

“Religiously related violence is widely seen – not least by policymakers – as one of the besetting problems of the age. Yet thinking about how religions might be related to violence is often sloppy, riddled with sweeping generalisations and category errors. Here is a welcome alternative. This new book not only shows how to bring some much-needed rigour to these discussions, but also addresses the need to think about how and why such violence occurs, and on what grounds the societies under attack from extremists might more effectively defend themselves.” (Peter Catterall, Professor of History and Policy, University of Westminster, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-5

    Dingley, James (et al.)

  • Classical Social Theory and the Understanding of Contemporary Religious Terrorism

    Pages 7-38

    Dingley, James

  • Religious Independence of Chinese Muslim East Turkestan “Uyghur”

    Pages 39-72

    Olivieri, Chiara

  • Women’s Rights Between Civil and Religious Laws: The Lebanese Law on Protection of Women and Family Members from Domestic Violence and the Religious Authorities’ Opposition

    Pages 73-99

    Panchetti, Benedetta

  • Geopolitical Vector of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in the Context of National Security

    Pages 101-128

    Kharkovshchenko, Yevhen (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-00284-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00283-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Religious Violence
Book Subtitle
Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies
Editors
  • James Dingley
  • Marcello Mollica
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00284-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00284-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00283-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 228
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