How Violence Shapes Religion

Belief and Contact in the Middle East and Africa

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Ziya Meral
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , August
     2018.
     224 pages.
     $29.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781108452854.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Lucien van Liere forthcoming.

Description

Is there an inevitable global violent clash unfolding between the world's largest religions: Islam and Christianity? Do religions cause violent conflicts, or are there other factors at play? How can we make sense of increasing reports of violence between Christian and Muslim ethnic communities across the world? By seeking to answer such questions about the relationship between religion and violence in today's world, Ziya Meral challenges popular theories and offers an alternative explanation, grounded on insights inferred from real cases of ethno-religious violence in Africa and the Middle East. The relationship between religion and violence runs deep and both are intrinsic to the human story. Violence leads to and shapes religion, while religion acts to enable violence as well as providing responses that contain and prevent it. However, with religious violence being one of the most serious challenges facing the modern world, Meral shows that we need to de-globalise our analysis and focus on individual conflicts, instead of attempting to provide single answers to complex questions.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ziya Meral is Senior Resident Fellow at the British Army's Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, based at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

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