Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity Hardback

Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam

by Thomas Sizgorich;

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Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity

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In Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity, Thomas Sizgorich seeks to understand why and how violent expressions of religious devotion became central to the self-understandings of both Christian and Muslim communities between the fourth and ninth centuries.

Sizgorich argues that the cultivation of violent martyrdom as a path to holiness was in no way particular to Islam; rather, it emerged from a matrix put into place by the Christians of late antiquity.

Paying close attention to the role of memory and narrative in the formation of individual and communal selves, Sizgorich identifies a common pool of late ancient narrative forms upon which both Christian and Muslim communities drew.

In the process of recollecting the past, Sizgorich explains, Christian and Muslim communities alike elaborated iterations of Christianity or Islam that demanded of each believer a willingness to endure or inflict violence on God's behalf and thereby created militant local pieties that claimed to represent the one "real" Christianity or the only "pure" form of Islam.These militant communities used a shared system of signs, symbols, and stories, stories in which the faithful manifested their purity in conflict with the imperial powers of the world.

Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity by Thomas Sizgorich was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in October 2008 and is our 57120th best seller. The ISBN for Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity is 9780812241136.

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Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (October 2008)
Number of Pages408
Thickness26 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1227122
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