Sacrificing the Self Perspectives on Martyrdom and Religion

ISBN-10: 0195150007

ISBN-13: 9780195150001

Edition: 2002

Authors: Margaret Cormack

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Though considered by devotees to be perhaps the most potent expression of religious faith, dying for one's 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 disapeared 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 hashistorically been viewed in the world's major religions. It provides the first sustained, cross-cultural examination of this fascinating aspect of religious life. Spanning 4000 years of history and ranging from Saul in the Hebrew Bible to Sati immolations in present-day India, this book provides awealth of insight into an often noted but rarely understood cultural phenomenon.
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Contributors
Introduction
Is There Martyrdom in the Hebrew Bible?
Honor and Sacredness in the Roman and Christian Worlds
"A Very Special Death": Christian Martyrdom in Its Classical Context
Murder and Martyrs in Anglo-Saxon England
The Revaluation of Martyrdom in Early Islam
Contemplative Death in Jewish Mystical Tradition
Martyrdom in Sunni Revivalist Thought
Truth and Sacrifice: Sati Immolations in India
Self-Sacrifice as Truth in India
Index
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