9780754639084

Understanding Religious Violence: Thinking Outside the Box on Terrorism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754639084

  • ISBN10:

    0754639088

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-12-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

In this compelling book J.P. Larsson investigates religious violence, terrorism and armed conflict in order to deliver the understanding required for a more peaceful world and to allow for a framework of conflict transformation. This multi-disciplinary text will greatly interest those in the fields of international relations, theology and sociology.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Foreword ix
1 Introduction 1(8)
2 Questions/Problems: Contemporary Perspectives 9(20)
'Strategic Appraisal' of Religion in International Armed Conflicts
10(4)
'Resurgence' of Religion on the International Arena
14(3)
Religion as a 'Threat to International Peace and Security'
17(7)
Tripartite Perspective of Analysis
24(5)
3 Correlates: Illustrative of Contemporary Perspectives 29(32)
Types of Religious Violence
30(5)
Examples of Religious Violence
35(2)
The First Terrorists: The Assassins
37(4)
Political Religion: Holy War in the Sudan
41(3)
'Religious Politics': Sri Lanka's Civil War
44(4)
Pre-existing Religious Narratives: The Sepoy Mutiny in British India
48(3)
Imposed Religious Narratives: The Conflict of the Karens in Myanmar
51(3)
Types of Peaceful Religion
54(7)
4 Prerequisites: Philosophical Prerequisites for Contemporary Perspectives 61(24)
Definitional Prerequisites
61(1)
Definition, Conceptualisation and Use of the Term 'Religion'
62(6)
Definition and Use of Other Words and Concepts
68(2)
Distinction between 'Explaining' and 'Understanding'
70(4)
Assumptions, Presuppositions and Bias
74(4)
Ontological Considerations
78(7)
5 Causation: Historical Causation of Contemporary Perspectives 85(20)
Rationality: Rational Actor Model vs. Religious Rationality
86(8)
Legacy of Westphalia
94(11)
6 Origins: Religious Origins of Contemporary Perspectives 105(26)
The Logic of Religious Violence
105(5)
The Concept of Religious Truth
110(3)
Cosmic Dualism
113(4)
The Concept of Evil
117(3)
The Concept of Fear
120(3)
The Concept of Anthropomorphism, Vices and Virtues
123(3)
The Concept of Survival
126(5)
7 Conclusions: A Framework for Conflict Transformation 131(14)
Bibliography 145(22)
Index 167

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