The Politics of Iconoclasm Paperback

"Religion, Violence and the Culture of Image-Breaking in Christianity

by James Noyes;


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The Politics of Iconoclasm

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From false idols and graven images to the tombs of kings and the shrines of capitalism, the targeted destruction of cities, sacred sites and artefacts for religious, political or nationalistic reasons is central to our cultural legacy. This book examines the different traditions of image-breaking in Christianity and Islam as well as their development into nominally secular movements and paints a vivid, scholarly picture of a culture of destruction encompassing Protestantism, Wahhabism, and Nationalism. Beginning with a comparative account of Calvinist Geneva and Wahhabi Mecca, The Politics of Iconoclasm explores the religious and political agendas behind acts of image-breaking and their relation to nationhood and state-building. From sixteenth-century Geneva to urban developments in Mecca today, The Politics of Iconoclasm explores the history of image-breaking, the culture of violence and its paradoxical roots in the desire for renewal. Examining these dynamics of nationhood, technology, destruction and memory, a historical journey is described in which the temple is razed and replaced by the machine.

The Politics of Iconoclasm by James Noyes was published by I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd in October 2015. The ISBN for The Politics of Iconoclasm is 9781784534790.

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Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (October 2015)
Weight454g
Number of Pages256
Thickness23 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
ISBN9781784534790
ISBN-10178453479X
Product Code4339358
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