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Religion, Terror and Violence
Religious Studies Perspectives

ISBN 9780415442312
Published May 14, 2008 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

September 11 and the subsequent War on Terror continues to cast a long shadow over the world. Religion, Terror and Violence brings together a group of distinguished scholars from a range of backgrounds and disciplines to explore the claim that acts of violence – most spectacularly the attack of September 11, 2001 and the international reaction to it – were intimately linked to cultural and social authorizing processes that could be called 'religious.'

This book provides a nuanced but incisive insight into the reaction of the discipline of religious studies to the post 9/11 world.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Sacred Violence and the Scholar of Religion as Public Intellectual Philip L. Tite  Explanatory Approaches to Violence and Religion  Violence Internal and External Robert Segal  Rhetorical Reflections  Savage Civil Religion Paul Christopher Johnson  The Rhetoric of Evil and Eradicating Terrorism Caryn D. Riswold  The Tricks and Treats of Classification: Searching for the Heart of Authentic Islam Russell T. McCutcheon  Discussion: Rhetorical Reflections Anna S. King Theological Reflections  A New Paradigm of International Relations? Reflections After September 11, 2001 Hans Küng  Can Love Save the World? Walter Wink  Discussion: Theological Reflections Samuel M. Powell  Historical and Social Reflections  Religious Terror and Global War Mark Juergensmeyer  Jihad and Islamic History Jonathan E. Brockopp  The Roots of Public Attitudes Toward State Accommodation of European Muslims’ Religious Practices Before and After September 11 Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper  Terrorism From a Buddhist Perspective Martin Adam and Wayne Codling  Discussion: Historical and Social Reflections Michel Desjardins  Pedagogical and Professional Reflections  Teaching Islam Through and After September 11th: Towards a Progressive Muslim Agenda Omid Safi.  Islam Within the Context of Higher Education Zayn Kassam  Thoughts on Being a Muslim Scholar of Islam in America Post-9/11 Amir Hussain  Discussion: Pedagogical and Professional Reflections Susan E.Henking  Aesthetic Reflections  Seeing What is Missing: Art, Artists, and September 11 Maureen Korp  Concluding Reflections  Religion, Violence, and the Pursuit of Truth Bryan Rennie

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Bryan Rennie is Vira I. Heinz Professor of Religion, and Chair of the Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics Westminster College.  His publications include Reconstructing Eliade: Making Sense of Religion (1996), (editor) Changing Religious Worlds: The Meaning and End of Mircea Eliade (2001), (editor) Mircea Eliade: A Critical Reader (Equinox Press, 2006), and (editor) The International Eliade (SUNY Press, 2007). 

Philip L. Tite is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Christian Literature and History, Department of Religious Studies, Willamette University.  His previous publications include Compositional Transitions in 1 Peter: An Analysis of the Letter-Opening (1997) and Conceiving Peace and Violence: A New Testament Legacy (2004).