From Jeremiad to Jihad Religion, Violence, and America

ISBN-10: 0520271661
ISBN-13: 9780520271661
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Violence has been a central feature of America's history, culture, and place in the world. It has taken many forms: from state-sponsored uses of force such as war or law enforcement, to revolution, secession, terrorism and other actions with important political and cultural implications. Religion also holds a crucial place in the American experience of violence, particularly for those who have found order and meaning in their worlds through religious texts, symbols, rituals, and ideas. Yet too often the religious dimensions of violence, especially in the American context, are ignored or overstated--in either case, poorly understood.From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and Americacorrects these misunderstandings. Charting and interpreting the tendrils of religion and violence, this book reveals how formative moments of their intersection in American history have influenced the ideas, institutions, and identities associated with the United States. Religion and violence provide crucial yet underutilized lenses for seeing America anew--including its outlook on, and relation to, the world.

John Carlsonis Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Jon Ebelis Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Foreword
Preface
Introduction. John Brown, Jeremiad, and Jihad: Reflections on Religion, Violence, and America
Religious Origins and Tropes of American Violence
From King Philip's War to September n: Religion, Violence, and the American Way
A Nation Birthed in Blood: Violent Cosmogonies and American Film
From Covenant to Crusade and Back: American Christianity and the Late Great War
From Jeremiad to Manifesto: The Rhetorical Evolution of John Foster Dulles's "Massive Retaliation"
American Providence, American Violence
Religion and America's "Others"
New Israel, New Amalek: Biblical Exhortations to Religious Violence
Religion and Violence in Black and White
State Violence arid the Un-American West: Mormons, American Indians, and Cults
Alma White's Bloodless Warfare: Women and Violence in U.S. Religious History
Of Tragedy and Its Aftermath: The Search for Religious Meaning in the Shootings at Virginia Tech
The Ethics of Violence and War
A Just or Holy War of Independence? The Revolution's Legacy for Religion, Violence, and American Exceptionalism
Why War Is a Moral Necessity for America: Realism, Sacrifice, and the Civil War
Contemporary Warfare and American Efforts at Restraint
Enemies Near and Far: The United States and Its Muslim Allies in Radical Islamist Discourse
Varieties of "Violence": Thinking Ethically about the Use of Force in the War on Terror
Contributors
Index

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