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Binding-Unbinding: Divided Responses of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the "Sacrifice" of Abraham's Beloved Son.

Sherwood, Yvonne (2004) Binding-Unbinding: Divided Responses of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the "Sacrifice" of Abraham's Beloved Son. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 72 (4). pp. 821-861. ISSN 0002-7189. E-ISSN 1477-4585. (doi:10.1093/jaarel/lfh081) (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

Media treatments of religion and violence after 9/11 have tended to polarize into two equal and opposite positions: the view that the attacks represent the “hijack” of the “Abrahamic” religions which, properly understood, are antithetical to violence, and the claim that violence and religion are virtual synonyms—a view epitomized in the British journalist Nick Cohen's “Damn Them All.”1 Both positions share the belief that violence can be expelled to a putative outside: either outside religion or outside progressive secularism as it frees itself from the ties of its religious other, conceived of as an archaic site of submissiveness, passivity, and heteronomy. This study problematizes these easy antitheses through a close reading of tangled, ancient responses to the so-called sacrifice of Abraham's beloved son. The contemporary antitheses seem both inadequate and naïve when compared to paradoxes of binding–unbinding in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/jaarel/lfh081
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 11:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42499 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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