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In God's Name : Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century - Omer Bartov

In God's Name

Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century

By: Omer Bartov (Editor), Phyllis Mack (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9781571813022
Number Of Pages: 416

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Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses this hiatus by examining the intersection between religion and state-organized murder in the cases of the Armenian, Jewish, Rwandan, and Bosnian genocides. Rather than a comprehensive overview, it offers a series of descrete, yet closely related case studies, that shed light on three fundamental aspects of this issue: the use of religion to legitimize and motivate genocide; the potential of religious faith to encourage physical and spiritual resistance to mass murder; and finally, the role of religion in coming to terms with the legacy of atrocity.

Introductionp. 1
The Perpetrators: Theology and Practice
Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism: Armenians, Turks, and the End of the Ottoman Empirep. 23
Genocide, Religion, and Gerhard Kittel: Protestant Theologians Face the Third Reichp. 62
When Jesus Was an Aryan: The Protestant Church and Antisemitic Propagandap. 79
A Pure Conscience Is Good Enough: Bishop von Galen and Resistance to Nazismp. 106
Between God and Hitler: German Military Chaplains and the Crimes of the Third Reichp. 123
Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwandap. 139
The Churches and the Genocide in the East African Great Lakes Regionp. 161
Kosovo Mythology and the Bosnian Genocidep. 180
Survival: Rescuers and Victims
The Absorption of Armenian Women and Children into Muslim Households As a Structural Component of the Armenian Genocidep. 209
Transcending Boundaries: Hungarian Roman Catholic Religious Women and the "Persecuted Ones"p. 222
Denial and Defiance in the Work of Rabbi Regina Jonasp. 243
A Personal Accountp. 259
Aftermath: Politics, Faith, and Representation
Zionist and Israeli Attitudes Toward the Armenian Genocidep. 267
Faith, Religious Practices, and Genocide: Armenians and Jews in France following World War I and IIp. 289
Orthodox Jewish Thought in the Wake of the Holocaust: Tamim Pa'alo of 1947p. 316
Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust: The Responses of Two Generationsp. 342
The Journey to Polandp. 350
Conclusionp. 372
List of Contributorsp. 384
Indexp. 389
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ISBN: 9781571813022
ISBN-10: 1571813020
Series: War and Genocide
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.48