Teaching Religion and Violence

Teaching Religion and Violence

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Many people now see religious violence as one of the defining characteristics of the modern world. Instructors are often asked about it in their courses that deal with religion. Classroom discussion of violence committed in the name of religion can either open the door to a more subtle appreciation of complex and divisive social realities or allow students to display the kind of ignorance, prejudice, and recalcitrance that can derail critical analysis. The etiology of religious violence requires the kind of careful distinctions that instructors must work hard to communicate even in the best of classroom circumstances. Teaching Religion and Violence is designed to help instructors to equip students to think critically about religious violence, particularly in the multicultural classroom. The book is organized into two sections. The first, "Traditions," addresses topics and methods appropriate for teaching violence in particular religious traditions. Each essay provides a solid starting point for the instructor developing a new course on violence in one tradition. The overarching aims of the second section, "Approaches," are to suggest alternative rubrics for initiating or furthering discussion of religion and violence and to aid instructors in demonstrating the wide applicability of the questions and concepts developed here. The volume as a whole and each of the essays is firmly grounded in the theoretical literature on religion and violence, in the theory of pedagogy, and in the collective experience of its authors.show more

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 33.02mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195372425
  • 9780195372427
  • 633,641

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Teaching Religion and Violence is a welcome and timely publication. Pennington has brought together authors who are both teachers and theorists of religion. The books strength is that it concisely deals with both what the religions say about violence and offers a selection of pedagogical approaches in teaching violence and religion for non-traditions-based courses. The essays will benefit instructors whose students have limited understanding of religion, or who are enchanted by the medias interpretations of religiously violent events. * Hugh P Kemp, Theology *show more

About Brian K. Pennington

Brian K. Pennington is Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College.show more

Table of contents

Contributors ; Introduction by Brian K. Pennington ; Part One: Traditions ; Chapter One: Striking the Delicate Balance: Teaching Hinduism and Violence by Brian K. Pennington ; Chapter Two: "A Time for War and a Time for Peace": Teaching Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition by Michael Dobkowski ; Chapter Three: Teaching Buddhism and Violence by Brian Victoria ; Chapter Four: Violence and Religion in the Christian Tradition by William Morrow ; Chapter Five: Confronting Misoislamia: Teaching Religion and Violence in Courses on Islam by Amir Hussain ; Chapter Six: The Specter of Violence in Sikh Pasts by Anne Murphy ; Part Two: Approaches ; Chapter Seven: Cities of Gold: Teaching Religion and Violence through "Sacred Space" by Aaron W. Hughes ; Chapter Eight: Believing Is Seeing: Teaching Religion and Violence in Film by Ken Derry ; Chapter Nine: Teaching Religion, Violence, and Pop Culture by Randal Cummings ; Chapter Ten: Religion, Violence, and Politics in the United States by Jason C. Bivins ; Chapter Eleven: M. K. Gandhi: A Post-colonial Voice by Paul Younger ; Chapter Twelve: Teaching the Just War Tradition by William French ; Chapter Thirteen: Understanding the Nature of Our Offense: A Dialogue on the Twenty-First-Century Study of Religion for Use in the Classroom by Laurie L. Patton and Jeffrey J. Kripalshow more

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