Religion and Violence in South Asia
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Religion and Violence in South Asia by John Hinnells
Book DescriptionDo religions justify and cause violence or are they more appropriately seen as forces for peace and tolerance? Featuring contributions from international experts in the field, this book explores the debate that has emerged in the context of secular modernity about whether religion is a primary cause of social division, conflict and war, or whether this is simply a distortion of the 'true' significance of religion and that if properly followed it promotes peace, harmony, goodwill and social cohesion. Focusing on how this debate is played out in the South Asian context, the book engages with issues relating to religion and violence in both its classical and contemporary formations. The collection is designed to look beyond the stereotypical images and idealized portrayals of the peaceful South Asian religious traditions (especially Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sufi), which can occlude their own violent histories and to analyze the diverse attitudes towards, and manifestations of violence within the major religious traditions of South Asia. Divided into three sections, the book also discusses globalization and the theoretical issues that inform contemporary discussions of the relationship between religion and violence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415372909
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Hinnells
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Written by notable experts in the field, this book explores various key aspects of the Parsis. It spans the time from their arrival in India to the 21st century. All contributions are based on original research and most of them use hitherto unexplored primary sources.
Religion and Violence in South Asia, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by John Hinnells
Focuses on South Asia to discuss whether religions justify and cause violence or whether they are seen as forces for peace and tolerance. This book also discusses globalization and the theoretical issues that inform contemporary discussions of the relationship between religion and violence.
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Author Biography - John Hinnells
Liverpool Hope University, and Robinson College, Cambridge, UK Vanderbilt University, USA
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