Confronting Genocide

Confronting Genocide : Judaism, Christianity, Islam

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Confronting Genocide: Judaism, Christianity, Islam is the first collection of essays by recognized scholars primarily in the field of religious studies to address this timely topic. In addition to theoretical thinking about both religion and genocide and the relationship between the two, these authors look at the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Sudan from their own unique vantage point. In so doing, they supply a much needed additional contribution to the ongoing conversations proffered by historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and legal scholars regarding prevention, intervention, and punishment.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 368 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739135902
  • 9780739135907

About Steven Leonard Jacobs

Steven Leonard Jacobs is associate professor of religious studies and holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama.show more

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Recommended..... Confronting Genocide is an essential exploration of this complex dimension of the conceptual foundations of genocide. Steven Jacobs has done superb work in bringing together a broad and rich range of scholarly perspectives. A necessary contributionto genocide studies....--Peter Balakian Religion has too often been a cause of genocide. The essays in this collection examine why, and then propose how religious texts and traditions could be re-interpreted so that religions could become forces against genocide.....--Gregory Stanton My God! This book about what our Gods really instruct us?is it 'Do Not Kill, ' or is it 'Yes, Kill in My Name' (or alternately both notwithstanding the contradiction)?deserves our deep thoughtfulness along with considerable appreciation to the editorfor addressing soundly a largely neglected and censored topic. Steven Jacobs leads us to important encounters with 'exclusivity, superiority, privileged access to God'; 'chosen people'-ness and 'promised land-ness'; 'nationalist-racist ideology undergirded by religious thought'; and how religion often 'divides humanity into believers and infidels, into the saved and the damned.' Highly recommended...--Israel W. Charny, Institute on the Holocaust & Genocide in Jerusalemshow more

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