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Religion and Violence in South Asia

John R. Hinnells & Richard King, "Religion and Violence in South Asia: Theory and Practice"
Taylor & Francis (2007) | English | eISBN: 0203088697 | 269 pages | PDF | 1.66 MB

Do religions justify and cause violence or are they more appropriately seen as forces for peace and tolerance? In the context of secular modernity, religion has been represented by some as a primary cause of social division, conflict and war, whilst others have argued that this is a distortion of the 'true' significance of religion, which when properly followed promotes peace, harmony, goodwill and social cohesion. Religion and Violence in South Asia explores how this debate is played out in a number of ways in the South Asian context. Engaging with the issues relating to religion and violence in a South Asian context in both its classical and contemporary formations, this collection is designed to look beyond the stereotypical images and idealized portrayals of the peaceful South Asian religious traditions, (especially Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sufi), which can occlude their own violent histories, and to analyze the diverse attitudes towards and manifestations of violence within the major religious traditions of South Asia.

With contributions from international experts in their field, the book contains three sections, exploring the classical traditions of South Asia (Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Islamic), religious violence in contemporary South Asia, and finally globalization and theoretical issues informing contemporary discussions of the relationship between religion and violence.

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