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Sacrificing the Self : Perspectives in Martyrdom and Religion (An American Academy of Religion Book) - Margaret Cormack

Sacrificing the Self

Perspectives in Martyrdom and Religion (An American Academy of Religion Book)

By: Margaret Cormack (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 2002
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Acts of martyrdom have been found in nearly all the worlds major religious traditions. Though considered by devotees to be perhaps the most potent expression of religious faith, dying for ones god is also one of the most difficult concepts for modern observers of religion to understand. This is especially true in the West, where martyrdom has all but disappeared and martyrs in other cultures are often viewed skeptically and dismissed as fanatics. This book seeks to foster a greater understanding of these acts of religious devotion by explaining how martyrdom has historically been viewed in the worlds major religions. It provides the first sustained, cross-cultural examination of this fascinating aspect of religious life. Margaret Cormack begins with an introduction that sets out a definition of martyrdom that serves as the point of departure for the rest of the volume. Then, scholars of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam examine martyrdom in specific religious cultures. Spanning 4000 years of history and ranging from Saul in the Hebrew Bible to Sati immolations in present-day India, this book provides a wealth of insight into an often noted but rarely understood cultural phenomenon.

"These essays reveal how martyrdom has served and continues to serve religions in a variety of ways, allowing for cultural accommodation and assimilation in the case of Christian martyrs in Rome while at the same time fomenting various forms of internal religious debate in both Hindu and Islamic cultures."-- Comitatus

Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Is There Martyrdom in the Hebrew Bible?p. 3
Honor and Sacredness in the Roman and Christian Worldsp. 23
"A Very Special Death": Christian Martyrdom in Its Classical Contextp. 39
Murder and Martyrs in Anglo-Saxon Englandp. 58
The Revaluation of Martyrdom in Early Islamp. 78
Contemplative Death in Jewish Mystical Traditionp. 92
Martyrdom in Sunni Revivalist Thoughtp. 107
Truth and Sacrifice: Sati Immolations in Indiap. 118
Self-Sacrifice as Truth in Indiap. 132
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9780195150001
ISBN-10: 0195150007
Series: An American Academy of Religion Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st August 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.23