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

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Omer Bartov, Phyllis Mack
Berghahn Books, 2001 - History - 401 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter
14
Theology and Practice
21
Chapter 2
57
Chapter 3
79
Chapter 4
106
Chapter 5
123
Chapter 6
139
Chapter 10
222
Chapter 11
243
Chapter 12
259
Politics Faith and Representation
265
Chapter
316
Chapter 16
342
Chapter 17
350
Conclusion
372

Chapter 7
161
Chapter 8
180
Chapter 9
209
List of Contributors
384
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About the author (2001)

Omer Bartov is John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of History at Brown University. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Davis Center, Princeton University, and a Junior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows.

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