Sacrificing the Self

Sacrificing the Self : Perspectives on Martyrdom and Religion

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Though considered by devotees to be perhaps the most potent expression of religious faith, dying for one's god is also one of the most difficult concepts for modern observers of religion to understand. This is especially true in the West, where martyrdom has all but disapeared and martyrs in other cultures are often viewed sceptically and dismissed as fanatics. This work seeks to foster a greater understanding of these acts of religious devotion by explaining how matyrdom has historically been viewed in the world's major religions. It provides a sustained, cross-cultural examination of this aspect of religious life. Spanning 4000 years of history and ranging from Saul in the Hebrew Bible to Sati immolations in present-day India, this book provides a wealth of insight into an often noted but rarely understood cultural phenomenon.

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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 0195149998
  • 9780195149999

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These essays together offer the reader a sense of the ways in which martyrdom distinguishes religions from one another. These essays reveal how martyrdom has served and continues to serve religions in a variety of ways. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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