Fighting Words Paperback

Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

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Fighting Words

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One of the critical issues in inter-religious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. "Fighting Words" makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion. An Introduction provides background on the major scriptures of seven religious traditions. Eight main chapters then explore aspects of the interpretation of selected facets of scripture in seven traditions: Jewish, Christian (including chapters on Old as well as New Testaments), Islamic, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Hindu and Sikh. Focus is on sacred texts so often claimed, both historically and more recently, as inspiration for and justification of every kind of violence from individual assassination to mass murder.A balanced approach to this complex topic also means that this is not merely a book about the religious sanctioning of violence, but about diverse ways of reading sacred textual sources.

Fighting Words was published by University of California Press in January 2013. The ISBN for Fighting Words is 9780520274198.

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Details for Fighting Words

Page last updated 27th July 2016
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (January 2013)
Number of Pages262
Thickness9 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4037022
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