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Martyrdom, self-sacrifice, and self-immolation : religious perspectives on suicide

Author: Margo Kitts
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2018.
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The essays in Martyrdom, Self-Sacrifice, and Self-Immolation address the delicate subject of those elective deaths which can be categorized as religiously sanctioned suicides. Broadly condemned as cowardice across the world's moral codes, suicide under certain circumstances-such as martyrdom, self-sacrifice, or self-immolation-historically carries a dynamic importance in religious legends, some tragic and others  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Martyrdom, self-sacrifice, and self-immolation.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017042779
(OCoLC)1031047215
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margo Kitts
ISBN: 9780190656508 0190656506 9780190656522 0190656522
OCLC Number: 1032375180
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: on death, religion, and rubrics for suicide --
To die for: the evolution of early Jewish martyrdom --
Performing Christian martyrdoms --
Collective martyrdom and religious suicide: the branch Davidians and heaven's gate --
Martyrdom and its contestations in the formative period of Islam --
The death of Mūsā al-Kāzim (d. 183/799): knowldge and suicide in early twelver Shī'īsm --
Apologia for suicide: martyrdom in contemporary Jihadist discourse --
Hindu ascetic death --
Sati --
Dying heroically: Jainism and the ritual fast to death --
The tropics of heroic death: maryrdom and the Sikh tradition --
The meanings of sacrifice: the LTTE, suicide, and the limits of the "religion question" --
To extract the essence from this essenceless body: self-sacrifice and self-immolation in Indian Buddhism --
Reflections on self-immolation in Chinese Buddhist and Daoist traditions --
Relinquishing the body to reach the pure land: Buddhist ascetic suicide in premodern Japan --
Works cited --
Index.
Responsibility: Margo Kitts, editor.

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The essays in Martyrdom, Self-Sacrifice, and Self-Immolation address the delicate subject of those elective deaths which can be categorized as religiously sanctioned suicides. Broadly condemned as cowardice across the world's moral codes, suicide under certain circumstances-such as martyrdom, self-sacrifice, or self-immolation-historically carries a dynamic importance in religious legends, some tragic and others uplifting.

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