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Martyrdom and terrorism : pre-modern to contemporary perspectives

Author: Dominic Janes; Alex Houen
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In recent years, terrorism has become closely associated with martyrdom in the minds of many terrorists and in the view of nations around the world. In Islam, martyrdom is mostly conceived as "bearing witness" to faith and God. Martyrdom is also central to the Christian tradition, not only in the form of Christ's Passion or saints faced with persecution and death, but in the duty to lead a good and charitable life.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dominic Janes; Alex Houen
ISBN: 9780199959877 0199959870 9780199959853 0199959854
OCLC Number: 867613215
Description: xiv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Dominic Janes and Alex Houen --
Martyrdom, memory, and the "media event": visionary writing and Christian apology in second-century Christianity / Kate Cooper --
Martyrdom in Islamic thought and praxis: a historical survey / Asma Afsaruddin --
Rendering unto Caesar: the rhetorics of divided loyalties in Tudor England / Susannah Brietz Monta --
Kristeva's "new knowledge": terrorism, martyrdom, and psychoanalytic humanism: insights from two early modern instances / Gary Waller --
Martyrdom, terrorism, and the rhetoric of sacrifice: the cases of Marat, Robespierre, and Loiserolles / Julia V. Douthwaite --
The sentimental construction of martyrdom as motivation in the thought of Maximilien Robespierre, 1789-1792 / David Andress --
Terror, vengeance, and martyrdom in the French Revolution: the case of the shades / Ronald Schechter --
John Foxe and British attitudes to martyrdom after the French Revolution / Dominic Janes --
Fenianism and the martyrdom-terrorism nexus in Ireland before independance / Guy Beiner --
Spurning "this worldly life": terrorism and martyrdom in contemporary Britain / Akil N. Awan --
Martyrdom and hostage executions in the Iraq War: the cases of Kenneth Bigley and Margaret Hassan / Alex Houen --
Filming the ends of martyrdom / Jolyon Mitchell.
Responsibility: edited by Dominic Janes, Alex Houen.

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This pioneering collection of essays explores the intertwined histories of martyrdom and terrorism from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Christian and Islamic traditions of moral witness and  Read more...

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This book offers an important and timely contribution to debates about terrorism. By tracing the meanings of martyrdom, sacrifice, and terrorism across a range of cultural and historical contexts, Read more...

 
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