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Religion and Violence in South Asia: Theory and Practice

King, Richard and Hinnells, John, eds. (2006) Religion and Violence in South Asia: Theory and Practice. Routledge, Abingdon, 288 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-37291-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Do religions justify and cause violence or are they more appropriately seen as forces for peace and tolerance? Featuring contributions from international experts in the field, this book explores the debate that has emerged in the context of secular modernity about whether religion is a primary cause of social division, conflict and war, or whether this is simply a distortion of the ‘true’ significance of religion and that if properly followed it promotes peace, harmony, goodwill and social cohesion. Focusing on how this debate is played out in the South Asian context, the book engages with issues relating to religion and violence in both its classical and contemporary formations. The collection is designed to look beyond the stereotypical images and idealized portrayals of the peaceful South Asian religious traditions (especially Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sufi), which can occlude their own violent histories and to analyze the diverse attitudes towards, and manifestations of violence within the major religious traditions of South Asia. Divided into three sections, the book also discusses globalization and the theoretical issues that inform contemporary discussions of the relationship between religion and violence.

Item Type: Edited book
Additional information: Indian edition: Deep and Deep Publications, 2002.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Richard King
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 11:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33907 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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