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    DescriptionThough 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 skeptically and dismissed as fanatics. This book seeks to foster a greater understanding of these acts of religious devotion by explaining how martyrdom has historically been viewed in the world's major religions. It provides the first sustained, cross-cultural examination of this fascinating 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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    Title
    Sacrificing the Self
    Subtitle
    Martyrdom and Religion
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Margaret Cormack
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 231 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195150001
    ISBN 10: 0195150007
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRLK, HRAX
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    BIC subject category V2: JHBZ
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15420
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 291.42
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 291.2/3, 291.23
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BL626.5 .S23 2001
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL006000
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JHBZ, QRAX, QRVK
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    18 July 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    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