1st Edition

Owning Disaster Coping with Catastrophe in Abrahamic Narrative Traditions

By Aaron M. Hagler Copyright 2024
    242 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Delving into the intertwined tapestry of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts, exegesis, philosophy, theology, and historiography, this book explores the similar coping mechanisms across Abrahamic communities in reconciling the implications of disasters without abandoning their faith.

    Belief in a single, omnipotent God carries with it the challenge of explaining and contextualizing disasters that seem to contravene God’s supposed will. Through explorations of Jewish responses to the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, Christian responses to the Arab Muslim conquests, Muslim responses to the Crusades, and a variety of responses to the Mongol conquests, Aaron M. Hagler unveils the shared patterns and responses that emerge within these communities when confronted by calamity. Initial responses come in the forms of horrified lamentations, but as the initial shock dissipates, a complex dance of self-blame and collective introspection unfolds, as writers and theologians seek to contextualize the tragedy and guide their communities toward hope, resilience, and renewal.

    Of interest to scholars, theologians, and individuals seeking to explore interconnected notions of resilience within Abrahamic communities, Owning Disaster will resonate with readers eager to contemplate the intricate relationship between religious dogma, human resilience, and the profound questions that emerge when confronted with calamity.



    1 The Birth and a Brief History of Monotheism

    2 The Babylonians, Solomon’s Temple, and the Babylonian Exile (576 BCE)

    3 The Destruction of the Second Temple (70 CE)

    4 The Muslim Conquest of the Byzantine Levant

    5 Muslim Responses to the Crusades

    6 Gog and Magog

    General Conclusions



    Aaron M. Hagler is a Research Associate at Hebrew Union College and a History Educator at Geffen Academy at UCLA. He is a former Associate Professor of History at Troy University with a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania.