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By Jack David Eller

This illuminating, in-depth study presents a wealth of case fabric, demonstrating the various manifestations of non secular violence—not simply warfare and terrorism, that are the point of interest of such a lot of discussions of religiously encouraged violence—but additionally extra known types.  The writer, an anthropologist, devotes separate chapters to:

• sacrifice (both animal and human);
• self-mortification (including self-injury, asceticism, and martyrdom);
• spiritual persecution (from anti-Semitic pogroms to witchhunts);
• ethno-religious clash (including such hotspots as Sri Lanka, Northern eire, and the previous Yugoslavia);
• spiritual wars (from the traditional Hebrews’ wars and the Christian Crusades to Islamic jihad and Hindu righteous wars);
• and non secular murder and abuse (spousal abuse, genital mutilation, and "dowry death," between different manifestations).

In the ultimate bankruptcy, "Religion and Nonviolence," the writer examines nonviolent and low-conflict societies and considers quite a few tools of coping with clash.

This booklet is going some distance towards aiding us comprehend the character of violence often, its advanced connections with faith, and the way society sooner or later may keep away from being blindsided via the worst facets of human nature.

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